The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has announced this years winners for its annual photo competition. This year’s theme was “Nature in Your BackYard.” Matthew Olivero, an Albuquerque resident, was the grand prize winner with his photo, “All Small Things.” In the student category the winner was Los Ranchos resident Levi Smith with his photo, “Leave Me Alone.” The goal of the competition was to encourage people who love photography to “rediscover the nature in their backyards.”
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Other winners in the adult category include:
Second Place: Bert Pearlman “Wind Dance”
Honorable Mention: Vincent Frazzetta “First Hard Freeze”
Honorable Mention: Ann Wood “The Amazing Sphinx Moth”
Additional winners in the student category include:
Second Place: Axel Smith “Trio of Weirdoes”
Third Place: Axel Smith “Slug it to you”
In addition to the named winners, the museum has selected 30 other entries for public viewing. The exhibit, NatureScapes, is on display now through January 30, 2017, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Adult entry into the museum is $8.00. Seniors are $7.00 and children are $5.00.
“This contest is getting more popular every year,” according to exhibit curator Dr. Ayesha Burdett. “Our vision is to inspire a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural world. Our judges did a great job narrowing down the selection for the exhibit and we have a great representation of New Mexico’s backyard.”
In addition to the NatureScapes exhibit, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science visitors will be able to explore several different geologic time periods of New Mexico. In addition, the Planetarium (an additional cost) offers viewers the chance to explore the stars up close. Museum guests can also view live native animals in the Naturalist Center.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is open everyday except for Tuesdays and major holidays. It is located at 1801 Mountain Road NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
(photo credit: Marcin Wichary)
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