Desert Museum Names Photo Contest Winners

Entrants must have taken their photo at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum with the past year. The three categories were: Advanced for cameras with interchangeable lenses; Basic for cameras, basic point-and-shoot and super zoom; and Instagram photos. In addition to first and second place in these categories, a Best of Show was selected.

​The winners of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum & Art Institute’s Cool Summer Night Photo Contest have been announced. Three categories gave photographers of varying abilities a chance to enter: Advanced, Basic and Instagram.

Each category awarded first and second place with several honorable mention prizes. One Best of Show was selected. The categories and the winners of each are:

Best of Show: S.K. Schafer “Harris’s Hawk”

Advanced:  Cameras that have interchangeable lenses
1st Place:  Karen McCrorey “Flying in the Winter Rain”

2nd Place:  Lou Pavlovich “Rue the Porcupine”

Honorable Mention: Ray Goodwin, Dawn Hagler & Gene Chao

Basic:  Cameras including camera phones, point & shoot, superzooms etc.

1st Place:  Scott Taft  “Monsoon Interruption”

2nd Place:  Alan Krasofski  “Queen Butterfly in the Rain”

Honorable Mention:

Nancy Millman, Elizabeth Giordano & Catherine Nash

InstagramSmartphones including camera phones, point & shoot,                     superzooms etc.

1st Place:  Amanda Rohrbach   “Sunset”

2nd Place:  ​Nika Kaiser   “Sweltering Lines”

Honorable Mention: Deanna Roach, Evelyn Harrison  & Azrael Avey

Contestants could enter a total of three photos in any combination of the three categories. Photos were taken in the past year on the grounds of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Top prizes included a Behind-the-Scenes Photo Walk which includes live animals as “models.”

Focused on the Sonoran Desert region of the United States and Mexico, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is largely an outdoor experience and includes a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum and aquarium. Set on 98 acres, the Museum is home to 230 animal species, 56,000 individual plant specimens, two miles of walking paths and one of the world’s most comprehensive regional mineral collections. The Desert Museum is actively involved in education, conservation, and research programs to help preserve the Sonoran Desert region.


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