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2015 Wildlife Refuge Photo Contest Winners Announced  

An American kestrel perched on a cattail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington was the grand prize winner in our 2015 Wildlife Refuge Photography Contest. Taken by Dennis Davenport of Portland, Ore., the image depicts the kestrel, the smallest North American falcon, gazing directly at the viewer.

More than 800 photographs representing 139 refuges in 41 states and two territories were submitted into this year’s contest. Entrants highlighted the diverse, natural beauty found on our National Wildlife Refuge System–at nearly half a billion acres, it’s the world’s largest network of lands and waters dedicated to conserving fish and wildlife.

The 2015 winners are:

  •  Grand Prize: American kestrel perched on a cattail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington, photographed by Dennis Davenport of Portland, Ore.
  •  Second place: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, photographed by Craig Goettschof of Colorado Springs, Colo.
  •  Third place: Harbor seal pup at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, photographed by Steve Dimock of Bandon, Ore.
  •  Fourth place: Gulf fritillary at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, photographed by Freddie Beckwith of Pottsboro, Texas.

Our grand prize winner will receive a check for $1,000. The second through fourth place winners and honorable mentions will receive prizes from our generous contest sponsors: Eagle Optics, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orvis and Wild Bird Centers.  

See the winning photos below.

View the 10 honorable mentions on our contest page. View the top 55 entries in the finalist photo gallery.

Grand Prize

Dennis Davenport of Portland, Ore.

American Kestrel at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Was. | Credit: Dennis Davenport
American Kestrel at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Wash. | Credit: Dennis Davenport

Second Prize

Craig Goettsch of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Fla. | Credit: Craig Goettschof
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Fla. | Credit: Craig Goettschof

Third Prize

Steve Dimock of Bandon, Ore.

Harbor seal pup at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Ore. | Credit: Steve Dimock
Harbor seal pup at Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Ore. | Credit: Steve Dimock

Fourth Prize

Freddie Beckwith of Pottsboro, Texas

Gulf fritillary at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas | Credit: Freddie Beckwith
Gulf fritillary at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas | Credit: Freddie Beckwith

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2015/12/2015-wildlife-refuge-photo-contest-winners-announced/

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