Pennsylvania Pollinator Photo Challenge

Pennsylvania Pollinator Photo Challenge

 

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bee pollinating a yellow flower


Recognizing the value pollinators provide to humans and our ecosystem, Penguin Court, a Preserve of the Brandywine Conservancy, and the Westmoreland Pollinator Partners, an ad-hoc committee of groups in Westmoreland County promoting and protecting pollinators, are pleased to announce the winners of the Pennsylvania Pollinator Photo Challenge.

Open to the public, this contest had categories for adults 18 and over and youth 17 or younger. Images were required to include a pollinator found and photographed in Pennsylvania, such as bees, beetles, butterflies, flies, hummingbirds, moths, or wasps. Photos of people hand-pollinating plants were considered, too.


Winners – Adult

1st Place: Elizabeth Harper, Muncy

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Bee on a purple flower

2nd Place: Dan Hunter, Export

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closeup of a bee flying towards an orange flower

3rd Place: Jim Murphy, Greensburg

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monarch butterfly on pod with mountains in background

View all adult entries


Winners – Youth

1st Place: Brooke Gajeski, Kennett Square

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closeup of a yellow butterfly on a pink flower

2nd Place: Olivia Lucci, Murrysville

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Closeup of two yellow butterfly on orange flowers

3rd Place: Daniel Schildkamp, Greensburg

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closeup of a bee on a purple flower

View all youth entries


Honorable Mentions

View all the honorable mentions


Judging Criteria

All photos will be judged based on the contest theme: Pennsylvania Pollinators and will include Relevancy, Originality, Impact, and Photo Quality. Each criterion has a maximum score of 25 points. The maximum score for any photo is 100 points. The three photos receiving the highest scores in each category will win.

  • Relevancy (25 points): Rank the photo’s relevancy to the contest theme
  • Originality (25 points): Rank the photo’s originality and creativity
  • Impact (25 points): Rank the photo’s emotional impact
  • Photo Quality (25 points): Rank the photo’s quality for clarity, focus, and technical details

Prizes

Adults

  • 1st Place = $50 Giant Eagle gift card and 9 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $50)
  • 2nd Place = $30 Giant Eagle gift card and 6 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $33)
  • 3rd Place = $20 Giant Eagle gift card and 3 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $17)

Youth

  • 1st Place = Pennsylvania Nature Set: Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers, and Pollinators Pocket Guides (Value $32), $30 Dairy Queen gift card and 7 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $39)
  • 2nd Place = Pennsylvania Nature Set: Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers, and Pollinators Pocket Guides (Value $32), $20 Dairy Queen gift card and 3 native plants in 4-inch pots from Penguin Court (Value $17)
  • 3rd Place = Pennsylvania Nature Set: Wildlife, Birds, Trees & Wildflowers, and Pollinators Pocket Guides (Value $32) and $10 Dairy Queen gift card

Prize Sponsors

  • First Energy
  • Giant Eagle
  • Penguin Court