December 2023 Wildlife Photo Contest Winners

Theme: “Wildlife Reflections”

Advanced Category Winner

“Black-necked Stilt and White Pelicans”
By: John Hendrickson

Advanced Category Runners-up

“A Mother’s Love”
By: Michael Johnson

By: Shane Gross

Intermediate Category Winner

“White Morph Reddish Egret Hunting”
By: Jeffrey Blanchard

Intermediate Category Runners-up

“Giraffe and its Reflection”
By: Diana Rebman

“Crocodile Smile”
By: Carol Darby

Beginner Category Winner

“I Still See You”
By: Chuck Theroux

Beginner Category Runners-up

“Heron on the Rocks”
By: Marina Pierce

“Stay Together”
By: Connie Max

Meet The Judges

Ruth Hoyt

Ruth is a full-time professional nature photographer, writer, public speaker, workshop leader, coach, and consultant with 30+ years’ experience teaching nature photography.

She enthusiastically works with photographers from all skill levels, ages, and walks of life, including youths from 8-18 years, US Veterans, artists’ groups, people with disabilities, and other specialized groups.

Ruth writes for the Journal of Wildlife Photography and manages its monthly photo contest.

A Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Texas Master Naturalist, Ruth is best known for her Texas bird and wildlife photography and professional guiding services on private south Texas ranches, Costa Rica, and numerous other locations.

Paul Queneau

For more than 20 years, Paul Queneau has served as Wildlife and Conservation Editor of Bugle magazine at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

He is also a freelance writer and photographer, and past president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

Paul’s work has appeared in Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, the Christian Science Monitor, Montana Outdoors, High Country News and various other national and regional publications.

Originally from Colorado, he lives in Missoula, Montana, with his wife Laura and sons Liam and Jackson.

George D. Lepp
Canon Legend

Nature photographer, teacher, author, and inventor George Lepp became one of Canon’s first Explorers of Light in 1995 and is now a member of the Canon Legend program. He has shared his knowledge of all aspects of photography through hundreds of publications and lectures.

A founder of the North American Photographers Association, he has been honored with many awards, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year, the Photographic Society’s Progress Award, and NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lepp’s compelling images are known for their beauty, precision, cutting-edge technology, and environmental responsibility and are widely published and exhibited.

He earned a BA and honorary MSC from Brooks Institute of Photography.

Cheryl Opperman
Opperman Photographics, Inc.

Featured as a leading nature photographer in Outdoor Photographer Magazine (Jan/Feb 2010), Cheryl Opperman has traveled to every continent of the world capturing images of nature, wildlife, and indigenous cultures

Her photographs have appeared in print, on the web, on television, and in solo and group exhibits. Her client list includes The American Humane Association, National Park Service, The Denver Post, National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, to name a few.

She employs the power of photography to inspire interest in the environment and other cultures, and she lectures and leads photo workshops and tours worldwide.