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Two Washington Photographers Receive National Honors for Wetland Photos

Release Date: 5/17/2002
Contact Information: Robin Woods
(202) 564-7841

Elinor Osborn of Penfield, N.Y., is the grand prize winner in EPA's first photography contest that showcased wetlands. Her stunning photo of a black tern feeding its chick was displayed during the 2002 National Wetland Awards Ceremony at the U. S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., on May 16 (see photos at: .

More than 300 contestants submitted photos depicting the different functions of wetlands, such as providing flood water storage and pollutant removal. Osborn's photo was taken at an "Audubon Important Bird Area" and illustrated how wetlands provide valuable habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities for people.

Finalists in the contest were: Michael Corey, Minerva, N.Y.; Anneke Davis, Baltimore, Md.; Dennis Demcheck, Baton Rouge, La.; Florida Power and Light, Juno Beach, Fla.; Jim Newton, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Jay O'Brien, Philadelphia, Pa.; Margaret Saint Clair, Redmond, Wash.; and Ralph Tramontano, Jamestown, N.D. Their photos will be used to illustrate the functions and values of wetlands in an EPA poster.

Those receiving honorable mention were: Mark Bright, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Dennis Daughiny, Orlando, Fla.; Matt Gianetta, Carmel, N.Y.; Barbara Jansen, Madison, Wis.; Shawn Kelly, Oxnard, Calif.; Barbara Keywood, Laurel, Md.; Greg Kidd, Madison, Wis.; Tim Krohn, Cloquet, Minn.; Melinda Knutson, LaCrosse, Wis.; Laurie Machung, Valhalla, N.Y.; James McIntyre, Salt Lake City, Utah; Don Paulson, Seabeck, Wash.; Robert Perron, Brandford, Conn.; Arthur Popp, Scranton, Pa.; John Synder, Refugio, Tex.; Cheryl Wapnick, Dauphin Island, Ala.; and Shawn Weick, Onalaska, Wis.

The grand prize winner, finalists and honorable mentions each received certificates of appreciation.

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