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Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest

The inaugural Garden for Wildlife™ Photo Contest showcased the impact that habitat gardens can have on wildlife and people alike. Take a look at the top overall submissions, individual category winners, and category runner-up winners from the 2019 contest. For even more inspiring photographs, don't miss this year's collection of honorable mentions.


 Male Prothonotary Warbler in Shower

GRAND-PRIZE WINNER
Randy Streufert
Lorton, Virginia
Male Prothonotary Warbler in Shower

"We have a water mister with an overhanging branch in our backyard. In the hot summer months a wide variety of bird species take advantage of the water and shower. This male prothonotary seemed to especially enjoy it - he was there for about 15 minutes."


 Cape Dwarf Chameleon Drinking Water from Backyard Garden Bird Bath

RUNNER-UP WINNER
Dennis Quinn
Strand, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Dwarf Chameleon Drinking Water from Backyard Garden Birdbath

"This chameleon was photographed in my mother-in-law's beautiful garden full of native wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Countless Cape Dwarf Chameleons of all age classes make this suburban neighborhood garden their home. Due to the excessive drought over the past few years in the Cape, these backyard residents have become very accustomed to drinking from the bird bath. You can see how my mother-in-law has strategically stages branches making the water easily accessible to the chameleons."


 

YOUNG HABITAT PHOTOGRAPHERS
Rahpaelle Thomet, 15
Newburg, Maryland
Lady Beetle Chosing a Longer Path

"I walked in some wheat growing on our farm, when I noticed a bright red lady beetle climbing up a blade of grass. I quickly turned on my camera, which was around my neck, and focused on the fast moving object. I only could capture one photo before the lady beetle reached the top of the grass and flew away."


 Child in garden with wildflowers

PEOPLE IN THE WILDLIFE GARDEN
Sherry Schellenger Parker
Fairfax, Virginia
Child in Garden

"Playing in Grammy's Garden"


 Goldfinch on black-eyed Susans

CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT LANDSCAPES
Denise Maples
Virginia Beach, Virginia
American Goldfinch, I Love You, I Love You Not

"This American Goldfinch was dining on the black-eye Susans in my garden. He started pulling the pedals off the flowers as if to say, "I love you, I love you not." I guess he was trying to get to more seed. I liked that in the background you can see my Certified Wildlife Habitat sign. This made the photo that much more special."


 Chickadee Lands on Garden Tool

WILDLIFE OBSERVED WHERE PEOPLE LIVE, WORK, PLAY, LEARN AND WORSHIP
Charles Bergman
Steilacoom, Washington
Chickadee Lands on Garden Tool

"Few things are more delightful in a summer garden than being visited by chickadees. A Bback-capped chickadee descends to the handle of a garden fork. It will rest hear for a moment. The handle provides a good staging spot for a visit to the sunflower seed feeder."


 Eastern tailed-blue butterfly

CLOSE-UP NATIVE PLANTS AND THEIR WILDLIFE VISITORS
Arthur Hass
Reston, Virginia
Eastern Tailed-Blue

"I'm a local wildlife photo hobbyist. The photo of the was taken in a natural area adjacent to a local golf course fairway."




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