Adventures in Nature: 2016 High School Nature Photo Contest

This year’s student nature photo contest received 1,207 photo submissions from accomplished student photographers from across Arizona. Joining The Nature Conservancy in sponsoring the contest were Cox Communications, which provided prize money, and Arizona Highways magazine. The purpose of the contest is to encourage students to explore their relationship to the natural world through photography.

This slideshow features photos of the winners and finalists.

1st place: Randy Davidson

Prescott, AZ, for “Under the Stars"

2nd Place: Wyatt Mendez

Tucson, AZ for "Preying Mantis"

3rd Place: Tanner Charnstrom

Phoenix, AZ for "Afternoon Glow"

4th Place: Mary E. Siml

Tucson, AZ for "Sky Island"

5th Place: Madilyn Olson

San Tan Valley, AZ for "Double Rainbow"

6th Place: Mary E. Siml

Tucson, AZ for "The Great Expanse"

7th Place: Lily Cate Smith

Tucson, AZ for "Green Bug on a Flower"

8th Place: Michael Bray

Sahuarita, AZ for "Web of Life"

9th Place: Lydia Yates

San Tan Valley, AZ for "Itsy Bitsy"

10th Place: Tyra Hughes

Mesa, AZ for "Salt River"

Top Three Winners

Randy Davidson, Wyatt Mendez, Tanner Charnstrom


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