On the Wing Finalists

The Museum of the Red River is pleased to announce the winners of its juried bird photography show, On the Wing. The competition attracted over 100 submissions from eight different states. Forty photos were selected by a panel of naturalists and nature photographers for a second round of judging. Jurors included Stephen G. Weaver, an award-winning photographer with over 40 years of experience; Debra Jones, a Texas-based nature photographer; Ford Hendershot, McCurtain County’s “naturalist-at-large”; and Dennis Wilson, a US Forestry Service naturalist. Finalists were asked to submit a framed print for the second round. Prizes were awarded by Weaver based on the submitted print, not the original digital image. 

The competition was divided into two categories. The first division, natural world, was for unaltered photos of birds being birds. The winners of the natural world category were: Best in Show, Great Egret and Chick by Dan Walters (CO); First Place, Late for the Lek by David Strozdas (OK); Second Place, Anticipating Day’s End by David Strozdas (OK); Third Place, Smooth Landing by Marvin Ann Patterson. 

Artists who wanted to enhance their photos beyond traditional means could enter images into a second category, “altered/mixed media”. The winners of that category were: Best in Show, Dove Dance #5588 by Desiree Branson Eakle (OK); First Place, Lunch Time by Michael Blachly (TX); Second Place, Hummingbird Triptych by Toreta Miller (TX); Third Place, Keeping Warm by James Carter (OK). All forty images will remain on display at the Museum until May 20. To learn more about the competition, click here. 

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