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AMU Student Wins Nature Photography Contest

An Ave Maria University student, a town resident and a professor took top honors in the AMU Biology Department's nature photography contest, "Behold the Work of His Hands."

"We were highly impressed by the quality of the photographs that were submitted," said Lab Coordinator Rachel Smolinski, who organized the contest. "We hope to make it an annual event."

Submissions were judged by an independent panel of photographers from Naples.

First place was awarded to AMU junior Julia Higgs for Sunset on the Water (right), taken at Lake Placid, FL.

shnaiderThe photo Giraffe (left), taken by town resident David Shnaider at a game park near Nairobi, Kenya, won second place.

Third placpeliska1e went to AMU Professor James Peliska for Mountain Scene (right), taken at Rocky Mountain Park in Colorado.

Miss Smolinski said the contest received several high-quality submissions from children and the judges decided to recognize them with two awards in a children's division.

First place in the division was awarded to Colleen Kilpatrick, 12, for Thorny Cactus (below left). Second place in the division went to Joseph Peliska, 15, for Bird in Pine (below right).


 The winning pictures, along with 13 other judges' favorites, will be on display for the next few weeks in the hallway of the second floor of the Henkels Academic Building.








The full list of winners and judges' favorites:

First Place
Sunset on the Water
Location: Camp Cloverleaf, Lake Placid, FL
Julia Higgs
AMU Student
Second Place
Location: Game Park, Kenya
David Shnaider
Resident of Ave Maria Town
Third Place
Mountain Scene
Location: Rocky Mountain State Park, Summer 2009
James Peliska
AMU Faculty member
Local Habitat Winner:
Yellow Crowned Night Heron
Location: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Benjamin Graebner
AMU Student
First Place in Children’s division:
Thorny Cactus
Location: Miami Botanical Gardens
Colleen Kilpatrick, Age 12
Resident of Ave Maria Town
Second Place in Children’s division:
Bird in pine
Location: Rocky Mountain State Park, Summer 2009
Joseph Peliska, Age 15
Judges Favorites
Rock by River
Daniel Genn
AMU Student
Lake Suchitlan, Suchitoto, El Salvador
Susana Paz
AMU Student
Yellow Rose
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Rose Luminello
AMU Student
Rocks Carved by Waterfall
Daniel Genn
AMU Student
Water Lily
Location: Naples, FL
Patricia Sette
Resident of Ave Maria Town
Autumn Colors
Location: Barre, Massachusetts
David Shnaider
Water Droplet on Grass
Location: Ave Maria
Rose Luminello
Purple Flowers on Fence
Location: Greenville, NH
Lauren Brouillette
AMU Student
Take Flight
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Jared Kuebler
AMU Student
Location: Naples, FL
Patricia Sette
Purple Flowers
Location: AMU Campus
Katie Stolarski
AMU Student
Sunset through the grass
Location: Canal on AMU Campus
Catherine Estis
AMU Student
Ice Storm
Location: Sterling, Massachusetts
Patricia Sette


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