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2017 HNWR Nature Photo Contest Winners Announced

Friends of Hagerman NWR
Friends of Hagerman NWR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to instill reverence, respect and conservation of our wild creatures and habitats through supporting environmental education, recreational activities, and programs of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Winning Entries in the 2017 Hagerman NWR Nature Photography Contest were announced on Saturday, November 11, by Becky Goodman, Nature Photography Club Chair. Taking top honors – Best in Show, as well as First Place, Advanced Division, Artistic Category, was “Dinner for Two”, by Denise Remfert.
Bob Brown garnered First Place in Advanced Flora Macro with “Big Eyes”. Alan Daniel’s “Wildflowers” earned a First in Advanced Landscape Category and Aaron Hamilton took a First in Advanced Wildlife, with “Young Buck in Sunflowers”.  All of the winning entries can be viewed at

In the Beginner/Intermediate Division, John Garbutt’s “Ghost of Tom Joad” earned First Place for Artistic Category. Julie Jones won First Place, Flora & Macro, in this division with “Flora & Macro 2”. “Sunset Rocks” brought First Place honors for Landscape to Kim Morris. For the Wildlife Category, Jeff Gladden won a First with “The Watchman”.

Additional winners in Advanced, Artistic Category were Dana Crites, “Hagerman Oil Boomer Sunset”, Second, and Bob Brown, “Neon Thistle”, Third. For Advanced Flora & Macro, Aaron Hamilton, Second, “Blue Dasher”, and Mike Sweatt, “Mixed Company”, Third. For Advanced Landscape, Second Place went to Bob Brown’s “Sunrise Over Hagerman”; “Foggy Sunrise” earned Third for Carl Hill. Laura Cooper took Second Place in Advanced Wildlife with “Eastern Kingbird” while Bob Brown earned Third with “Breakfast”.

Additional winners in the Beginner/Intermediate Division were: Artistic, Second Place, “Pale Yellow Petals” by Kristy Beam, and Third, “Harris Trail Impasse” by Evan Simmons. For Flora & Macro, Kristy Beam’s “Resting Lady on a Warm Afternoon” earned Second Place and Third went to George Mason for “Fritillary”. Barry Burkhardt took Second Place in Landscape in this division for “Sunset 2” while Third went to “Like a Stone” by John Garbutt. For Beginner Intermediate Wildlife, “Mallard in Trees”, by Kim Morris earned Second Place and “Sunrise Song” by Jeff Gladden earned Third Place.

This is the eighth year that the Friends of Hagerman have sponsored the contest, to increase awareness and appreciation of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Ribbons were awarded for First, Second, and Third place in each of the four categories in two divisions. In addition, a cash prize was awarded for First Place in each category and the single photo judged as “Best of Show”. Judges for the contest were Courtney Anderson, Hagerman staff member, Laurie Lawler, and Tom Judd. All submitted images were required to be taken within the boundaries of the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge within the last five calendar years.

In addition to the annual competition, the Friends sponsor the Nature Photography Club, which meets at Hagerman bimonthly for technical programs and photo sharing. The next meeting will be at 1 pm on November 19, with speaker Tom Savage presenting “Photographing Bears in Alaska”. Visitors are welcome; there are nominal dues to for membership. For more information see


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