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Watertown resident named grand prize winner in Mass Audubon photo contest

Posted by Laura Franzini  December 4, 2012 02:02 PM

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The Mass Audubon "Picture This" photo contest Grand Prize-winning photograph of a sandhill crane taken in Rowley by Ken Lee of Watertown.

Mass Aububon's annual photo contest, "Picture This: Your Great Outdoors," attracted photographers from across the state and beyond who entered more than 2,000 images--each one centered on the nature of Massachusetts.

The Grand Prize winner was Ken Lee of Watertown, who won for his photograph of a sandhill crane taken near Mass Audubon's Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley, according to the organization.

The third-annual contest produced "remarkable photographs that revealed the immeasurable beauty of the Bay State, from children exploring the shore and birds both in flight and at rest, to sun-dappled trees and pristine waterways half-hidden by lush vegetation," Mass Audubon wrote in a press release.

Lee's photo was selected from a pool of 18 winners who had taken first place in six subject categories across three experience levels. The subjects included People in Nature, Birds, Other Animals, Plants, Landscapes, and Artistically Modified. Photographers could enter as Professional, Amateur (18 and older), and Youth (under 18).

As the Grand Prize winner, Lee will be awarded a $250 gift card to redeem at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary. His photo will also be published in an issue of Connections, Mass Audubon's member newsletter. The other winners will be awarded $100 Mass Audubon gift cards.

Here is a list of the other winners:

Birds
Pro: Lee Fortier, North Chelmsford
Amateur: Ken Lee, Watertown
Youth: Evan Lipton, Milton

Other Wildlife
Pro: Mary Dineen, Arlington
Amateur: Richard Kenyon, Westford
Youth: Alyssa Mattei, Marlborough

Plants
Pro: Lucy Wightman, Hull
Amateur: Barbara K. Mindell, Ashland
Youth: Maya Grubner, Burlington

Landscape
Pro: Allison White, Salem
Amateur: Ronald Reynolds, Bridgewater
Youth: Elaine Wall, Hingham

People in Nature
Pro: Jennifer Childs, Annapolis, MD
Amateur: Paul Blankman, Natick
Youth: Krishna Canning

Artistically Modified
Pro: Jennifer Childs, Annapolis, MD
Amateur: Jayne Carney, Framingham
Youth: Caroline DiNapoli, Lexington

"The hundreds of people who participate in the photo contest not only make personal connections to the natural world, they join a much larger community that values the environment as crucial to our quality of life," said Laura Johnson, president of Mass Audubon. "The photographers' images of birdlife and other species, spectacular landscapes, and family and friends exploring the outdoors should encourage everyone to discover the nature around us," she added.

To view all of the winning photos, visit www.massaudubon.org/picturethis.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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