2017 Nature Photography Competition

Annual Nature Photography Competition 2017:

Trees of the Tri-Counties

July 15 - October 23, 2017

Michael Miner, After the Fire Part 2,

Michael Miner, After the Fire Part 2,

From their bark and leaves to their ecosystems and inhabitants, each tree is unique. The tri-counties (Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County and Ventura County) are home to a diverse range of tree species that make our landscape beautiful. For our 2017 Nature Photography Competition we asked photographers to explore the life cycle of trees, those who call it home, the threats they face, and their individuality.

As a complement to the oak habitat mural by John Iwerks, the adult competition was on view in the second floor gallery and the junior competition is featured in the Barbara Goodall Education Center. Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were be awarded in both categories at the opening reception on January 15th.

Between the two competitions over 160 entries were received!  We are grateful to professional photographer Michael Miner for volunteering as our judge.

Adult Category Winners

1st Place


Bob Canepa, Strength


2nd Place

Gary Robinson, Sycamore and Cottonwood Fall Leaf Mix – Dash of Redwood

3rd Place


Stephen Sherrill, Paper Bark Tree

Junior Category Winners

1st Place


Ali Stein, Crazy Hair Day

2nd Place


Sierra Fermin-Block, Nature’s Stairway

3rd Place


Karli Campiglia, Pop of Luck