September 2023

Wildlife Photo Contest Winners

Theme: "Wildlife Eyes"

Below are the winners and runners-up of our monthly wildlife photo contest. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to our winners.
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Advanced Category Winner

“Blue Eyes” By: Camelia Marculescu

Advanced Category Runners-up

“Crocodile Reflection” By: Carol Darby
“Parents’ Eyes” By: Barbara Scoles

Beginner Category Winner

“Dotted with Eyes” By: Phil Allman

Beginner Category Runners-up

“Bald Eagle Eye” By: Keith Margetts
“The Look!” By: Shivam Rajdev

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.

Cissy Beasley

Cissy Beasley A native South Texan and Rockport resident, Cissy Beasley has been a professional photographer for 12 years. Her experience as a lifetime landowner has trained her to notice the details around her; with camera in hand, she captures and shares images of the creatures & scenes some may not notice – to tell nature’s story and foster a desire to care for our natural world.

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Cissy is proud to be an associate broker with Spears & Co. Real Estate in Rockport; she owns & operates Texas Drone Lady, an aerial photography business serving the Rockport area.

Steve Freligh

Steve Freligh Cofounder and President of Nature’s Best Photography, outdoorsman and photographer, Steve Freligh studied zoology in college and worked as a seasonal research biologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho. Steve documented wildlife behavior and his photographs and stories were quickly picked up by local periodicals, newspapers, and nonprofit organizations.

Soon, he was traveling the globe to discover iconic nature photographs and meet with leading professionals in the field. Returning to his home base in Virginia, Steve deepened his interests in journalism and publishing through a 15-year career in the publishing division at the National Wildlife Federation where he moved quickly from Editorial Assistant to Director of Photography before launching the first issue of Nature’s Best Photography in 1995 with his wife and cofounder, Deborah Freligh.