Museum showcases amateur photos

Nov 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Arts & Entertainment, Issue, November 12, 2009

‘Wildlife and Nature’ exhibit features more than 500 images

The University of Nebraska State Museum has opened its “Wildlife and Nature” amateur photography exhibit on the third floor of Morrill Hall.

More than 100 individuals from across Nebraska submitted entries from July 1 to Sept. 30 as part of the museum’s first amateur photography contest. More than 500 images of birds, mammals, plant life, other wildlife, natural landscapes and people interacting with nature will be showcased for contest participants, their families and museum visitors to enjoy.

The majority of the photographs are of wildlife and natural settings in Nebraska, but some were captured in exotic places across the globe, including Asia, Africa and Europe. The exhibit will remain on display through Feb. 28.

The photographs were judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, artistic merit and overall impact. First-, second- and third-place winners, along with honorable mentions, have been selected in each category. One grand prize-winner will also be recognized.

Brent Hall photo
This photo by Brent Hall earned first place in the plant life division of the “Wildlife and Nature” amateur photography exhibit, sponsored by the University of Nebraska State Museum.

The photo contest judges included Bruce Thorson, associated professor of news-editorial and photojournalism for UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications; Katie Joseph, assistant to National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore; and Mark Harris, associate director of the University of Nebraska State Museum.

The first place winners are featured at

Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sundays.

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