Wink, Wink, Nod – Best in Show by Dave DeVore
In these crazy days and months, it’s reassuring to know that at least some things are, well, ‘sort of’ the same: the ever-popular Naturescapes Photography Contest and Exhibition is hanging at the The Walkers’ Gallery at the San Marcos Activity Center now that the building has reopened. That said, it will only be up for two more weeks. Visitors have until Dec. 4 to see it in person. Prints will also be available for purchase in time for gift-giving season.
Now in its 16th year, the annual event is sponsored by the Hill Country Photography Club and Hays County Master Naturalists. The contest seeks to showcase the beauty of the natural areas within the San Marcos area and surrounding counties, and to increase public awareness of the importance of protecting our natural world. It also gives photographers at all levels extra motivation to increase their skills to capture, share and receive recognition for beautiful and inspiring images of nature in the San Marcos area.
The organizers enlisted Herb Smith as this year’s juror. Smith was instrumental in getting the first years of the contest going, along with the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance He is an accomplished nature photographer, having won numerous awards and juried many shows.
Despite, or perhaps enabled by the pandemic situation, the number of images submitted this year — 296 — almost topped all previous years. On Saturday, Nov. 14, a Zoom Awards Ceremony took place to announce this year’s winners.
Tetras on the Move – Best Natural Waterscape by Susan Hanson
Green Dragonfly – Best Youth Photography by John Moore.
Best in Show:
Dave DeVore “Wink, Wink, Nod”
Best Natural Waterscape: Susan Hanson “Tetras on the Move”
Best Youth: John Moore “Green Dragonfly”
Award of Excellence: Alice Le Duc “Twins - It’s Spring”
Award of Excellence: Carol Serur "Spring Gobblers”
Award of Excellence: Alice Le Duc “Hexaloctris - Crested Coralroot”
Award of Excellence: Bill Galloway “White Crane Departure”
Award of Merit: Carol Serur “Mirror, Mirror, on the Pond”
Award of Merit: Winifred Simon “Green Anole” Award of Merit: Lois Schubert “Dragonfly”
Award of Merit: Patty Robertson “Flycatcher”
Award of Merit: Charlie Kreitler “Midnight Armadillo”
Award of Merit: Dave DeVore “Phoebe Phlight”
Award of Merit: Tom Hausler “Rubythroated Hummingbird”
Award of Merit: Michael Davis “Symmetry”
Award of Merit: Annissa Clewell “Danielle”
Award of Merit:
“Sunshine Through the Fog”
An extra treat for viewers is the annual companion exhibit, the juried Hill Country Photography Club members’ exhibit. This year’s theme, “Rust or Ruination” inspired a wide range of visual appreciations of the collateral beauty of objects and scenes in the natural process of decay and/or repurposing.
Exhibits at the Walkers’ Gallery are sponsored by the San Marcos Area Arts Council and the City of San Marcos with support from the San Marcos Arts Commission. Linda Kelsey-Jones is the Director/Curator of the gallery.
Given the six months closure of the Activity Center, The Walkers’ Gallery launched a website to continue its support of area-and-beyond artists. With the modified opening of the Activity Center, Naturescapes became the Walkers’ first hybrid exhibit.
The in-person exhibit will come down on Dec. 5, but it will be archived on the website in perpetuity. The public is invited to browse all three exhibits now on the website walkersgallery.org.
To visit the in-person Naturescapes exhibit, call ahead to the Activity Center, 513-393-8282, as it maintains conditions for the health and safety of all during this time.