2017 Nature Photography Competition: Trees of the Tri-Counties

July 15 - October 23, 2017

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

Bob Canepa, Strength

2nd Place

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

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

3rd Place

Stephen Sherrill,  Paper Bark Tree

Stephen Sherrill, Paper Bark Tree

Junior Category Winners

1st Place

Ali Stein,  Crazy Hair Day

Ali Stein, Crazy Hair Day

2nd Place

Sierra Fermin-Block,  Nature’s Stairway

Sierra Fermin-Block, Nature’s Stairway

3rd Place

Karli Campiglia,  Pop of Luck

Karli Campiglia, Pop of Luck