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Audubon Celebrates 10th Audubon Photography Awards with Traveling Exhibit

In celebration of the natural connection between birding and photography, the City of Sequim City Arts Advisory Commission, partnering with the Dungeness River Audubon Center, will host the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards Traveling Exhibition.  

Due to the COVID-19 virus, this exhibit will be digital. An online opening will occur on Friday, April 3rd, 2020.  We hope you enjoy this unique opportunity to witness these beautiful photographs from the comfort of your home.

In the 10th year of the contest, winning photos and honorable mentions were selected from 2,253 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and 10 Canadian provinces and territories to appreciate the wonder of birds and the places they inhabit.

This year, judges introduced the Plants for Birds Prize and the Fisher Prize. The Plants for Birds Prize was awarded to the highest scoring photograph submitted in the Plants for Birds Division, featuring birds and plants native to the area the photo was taken. The Fisher Prize was awarded to the photograph depicting the most creative approach to bird photography across all divisions: Professional, Amateur, Youth and Plants for Birds.

The new Plants for Birds Division highlights the importance of native plants that provide natural green spaces for birds and the insects they feed on. Audubon’s Plants for Birds program, supported by Coleman and Susan Burke, helps participants find bird-friendly plants native to their area that will attract and protect birds as well as make outdoor spaces better for the environment in the face of a warming climate.

The 2019 Audubon Photography Awards are sponsored by Canon. As part of the partnership, Audubon and Canon are working together to introduce people to the wonder and beauty of birds through photography with the “Birds in Focus” event series traveling across the nation.

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The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at www.audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.

Should anyone wish to donate a gift today to help the River Center recoup an estimated $30,000 loss from the cancelation of BirdFest 2020, please click on this link: https://dungenessrivercenter.org/our_story/support-us

About the City Arts Advisory Commission

The City Arts Advisory Commission was created in 2014 to advise the City Council on matters related to arts and culture.  This 7-member commission provides a connection to the arts and cultural community to further the development, public awareness of, and interest in, the fine, performing & culinary arts.

For more information, please contact Arts Coordinator, Aurora Lagattuta at 360-582-2477 or alagattuta@sequimwa.gov