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Burrowing owl ‘selfie’ earns visitor national wildlife photo contest title

December 5, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Etobicoke, Ontario - The National Wildlife Federation, America's largest wildlife conservation non-profit organization, recently announced that Megan Lorenz from Etobicoke, Ontario, won in the Backyard Habitat category in the prestigious 44th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest.

Operated by NWF's award-winning, full-color magazine National Wildlife, the popular contest celebrates the beauty of nature and raises funds to help the organization act to protect wildlife and wild places.

"I've been in love with owls for as long as I can remember," Lorenz said. "I started photography in 2007 and, right from the start, they were one of my favorite subjects."

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Megan Lorenz’s award-winning photograph.

When she learned Florida is home to a large burrowing owl population, she began making annual visits and befriended people who welcomed her onto their property, which was home to several of the birds.

The winning photo was taken in Cape Coral, Lorenz said.

Last spring, Lorenz set up a GoPro camera near a burrow to get video of the owls. This bird showed a keen interest in the camera, cuddling up to it or pecking at it.

"It seems everyone is obsessed with taking selfies these days," Lorenz said.

"We are very excited to offer a space for the public to share their wildlife shots and the stories behind them," said Thuy Senser, director of design for National Wildlife Magazine at NWF. "Nature photography is a great way to interact with the great outdoors while inspiring others to do the same. It is a great medium and activity for people of all ages and skill-levels."

Selected from more than 29,000 entries, the 2014 award winners included photos from the following categories:

n Baby Animals - Portraits and behavior of young animals of any species.

n Backyard Habitat - Wild creatures, native plants and natural settings in a yard.

n Birds - Portraits and behavior.

n Connecting People and Nature - People enjoying the outdoors.

n Landscapes and Plant Life - Scenic views and native plants in wild settings.

n Mammals - Portraits and behavior.

n Other Wildlife - Portraits and behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders and more)

n Youth Division Nature and wildlife photos by photographers ages 13-17.

Photographers of all levels of experience were invited to submit images in the juried competition. There was also is a separate Youth division for teenagers ages 13-17.

For more information about the winners, please go to: www.nwf.org/photocontestwinners.

For more National Wildlife Federation news, please visit: www.nwf.org/news.

National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring people to protect wildlife for our children's future. www.nwf.org.

 
 
 

 

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