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Framing nature: Winners of Lake Erie Photo Contest announced

A total of 170 stunning, eye-catching images were submitted for the 2016 Lake Erie Center Photo Contest.

Winners in three categories were announced last semester.

The contest’s theme, “The Nature of Our Region: From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay,” invited camera enthusiasts to submit up to three photos featuring various nature scenes throughout northwest Ohio.

First-place winners received a $25 prize, and all winning entries will be mounted and displayed in the front lobby at the Lake Erie Center.

Listed by category, the winners are:

• Youth (7 to 12 years of age) — Simon Amonette, who took a photo of a field of wildflowers set against a blue sky at Ottawa Wildlife Refuge;

• Teen (13 to 18 years of age) — Quentin Francis-Emonds, who zoomed in for a close-up of a chestnut-sided warbler at Magee Marsh; and

• Adult — Ginny Sussman, who captured a surreal reflection of the Maumee River at Side Cut Park.

The contest also featured a People’s Choice Award, which went to the shot that received the most votes on the Lake Erie Center’s Facebook page.

That honor went to Tiffany McCray, who photographed the sun on the horizon at Raccoon Park on Lake Erie.

“The Lake Erie Center hopes that this contest will continue to inspire others to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature in our area,” Kathy Sullivan, communication and technology specialist at the Lake Erie Center, said. “And a very big thank-you to all of the individuals who submitted photos for the contest.”

Go to facebook.com/lakeeriecenter to see more photos that placed in the categories.

Simon Amonette took this photo at Ottawa Wildlife Refuge and won first place in the youth category.

Simon Amonette took this photo at Ottawa Wildlife Refuge and won first place in the youth category.

Quentin Francis-Emonds took the top prize in the teen category with this shot of a chestnut-sided warbler at Magee Marsh.

Quentin Francis-Emonds took the top prize in the teen category with this shot of a chestnut-sided warbler at Magee Marsh.

Ginny Sussman placed first in the adult category with this photo of the Maumee River at Side Cut Park.

Ginny Sussman placed first in the adult category with this photo of the Maumee River at Side Cut Park.

Tiffany McCray won the People’s Choice Award with this shot taken at Raccoon Park on Lake Erie.

Tiffany McCray won the People’s Choice Award with this shot taken at Raccoon Park on Lake Erie.

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