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