Arcata shutterbug gets Outdoor California Magazines top award

The interaction among 3 elegant terns as well as an intruding Heermanns gull has gave Leslie Scopes Anderson, Arcata photographer, the honor of grand prize winner for California Wildlife Photograph of the Year 2014 contest.

Back in January, Charlton H. Bonham, the California Department ofFish and Wildlife Director, chosen the dynamic photograph, clicked at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, from a band of 5 finalists. The yearlong competition is sponsored by the the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Outdoor California magazine and California Watchable Wildlife Inc.

According to reports, Bonham said that the sharpness and colors of this snap are outstanding. But, it is the interaction between the gull and the terns which stays in your mind. Pictures do tell a thousand words, and even if it is only in our imagination, this gives them a peek into wildlife interactionsthe establishing of natures pecking order.
On 16th March, Mike McGuire, the California Senator, will recognize Leslie on the floor of the Senate for her winning snapshot. Mike represents Second Senate DistrictNorth Coast/North Bay region that includes Leslies hometown.

Enlarged replicas of the 5 finalists as well as 2 honorable mentions by competition sponsors will be displayed outside the Governors Office at Capitol from 16th March to 20th March. Following that, the picture will shift to Natural Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street in Sacramento, for a 2 week engagement. Andersons snapshot won the 1st spot in the May/June issue of the Outdoor California.

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