Art in Nature Photo Festival
The fourth annual Art in Nature Photo Festival offered photographers of all levels a weekend of educational and hands on activities related to the many different aspects of photography.
Made possible through a partnership with Wicomico County Tourism, the festival began with a keynote address by internationally renowned landscape photographer and environmentalist Clyde Butcher. Butcher, who has been likened to the great Ansel Adams, kept his audience entranced with his detailed story of what catches his eye, his planning and timing, as well as the logistics—including which large-format camera to use—for capturing the essence of nature or a particular location. But that’s just the beginning; from spending hours waiting for just the right light to capture hundreds of photographs, choosing the negative, working in the darkroom and the daunting process of developing the negative so it eventually emerges into the stunning image that embodies the spirit of its subject.
Saturday and Sunday’s lectures, seminars and workshops were well attended and provided photographers learning opportunities on a variety of subjects including: Hummingbird photography, abstracts, camera selection, a sunset photography workshop and a birds of prey photo shoot.
Food and drink was provided by The Knights of Columbus, ST. FRANCIS DE SALES council, who will be donating their profits from the event to the Special Olympics.
Once again, the photo contest proved to be the highlight of the festival with more than 1000 photos submitted by 186 photographers representing 12 different states and one Canadian province.
William H. Parris, of Lincoln, Delaware, was named Grand Champion with his photo Pressing On. Joni Simpson of Salisbury, Maryland, won Best in the Professional Division with her photo Spring Snow; Donald Westbrook of Newark, Maryland, won Best in the Amateur Division with his photo Haleakala; and fifteen year old Alex Lenhart of Rocky River, Ohio, won Best in the Youth Division with his photo King of the Hill.
Select winners’ photos will be featured in the Wildfowl Art Journal in addition to having their photos displayed in the museum’s galleries.