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Editor's Pick Awards 2005

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Another year of outstanding nature photography posted on the NPN website! As was the case in previous years, picking these 24 photos from the 400 selected this year and displayed in the Editor's Picks Gallery was no easy task. Congratulations to this year's winners, and our sincere thanks to all of our members for your participation on NPN!

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Avian Gallery

First Place Winner - Northern Hawk-Owl by Brian Small

1st Honorable Mention - Blue-throated Bee-Eater with Lyssa Zampa Moth by KC Choo

2nd Honorable Mention - Feeding Tree Swallow by Richard Ettlinger

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Earth, Sea & Sky Gallery

First Place Winner - Stone Abstract by Anil Rao

1st Honorable Mention - Cypress & Tupelo #1 by Jerry Greer

2nd Honorable Mention - Florida Lightning by Robert Ludwick

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Fauna Gallery

First Place Winner - Madison Morning by Pete Bengeyfield

1st Honorable Mention - Red Fox by Dan Walters

2nd Honorable Mention - Just Another Environmentalist Tree Hugger by Simon Allenby

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Flora Gallery

First Place Winner - New Maple Leaf On Skunk Cabbage by Mike Moats

1st Honorable Mention - Dying Leaf, Mexico by Joseph Kayne

2nd Honorable Mention - Swamp Lilly by Bill Chambers

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Macro/Close-up Gallery

First Place Winner - Jumping Spiders by Jay Barnes

1st Honorable Mention - Tortoiseshell by Tim Munsey

2nd Honorable Mention - American Lady by Randy Harrison

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Man & Nature Gallery

First Place Winner - Road In Cades Cove by Alice Scoggins

1st Honorable Mention - Sunrise at C/L Hut by Juza

2nd Honorable Mention - Balloon Fest by Ed Cordes

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Photo Art Gallery

First Place Winner - Moonstruck by Mike Gallo

1st Honorable Mention - Secret Mountain by Lee Robinson

2nd Honorable Mention - Garry Oak and Camas by Sally Scott

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Weekly Challenge Gallery

First Place Winner - WC#164 - Dancing in the Mist by Youssef Ismail

1st Honorable Mention - WC205 - Wishing for a 500 by Renae Sandberg

2nd Honorable Mention - NPWC#160 - Hard & Soft Waters by Robert Near

Weekly Challenge Themes

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What They Won

First Place Winner -

  • A $240.00 Vested Interest Shopping Spree Certificate for use on the Vested Interest website
  • An elegant, full color 12-inch by 12-inch coffee table book of all of the 2005 EPA winning photos, provided by SharedInk.com. Read Mark Hobson's article on books by SharedInk.
  • A $75.00 Photoflex Shopping Spree Certificate for use in the NPN Gift Shoppe
  • A $75.00 Hunt's Photo Shopping Spree Certificate for use on the Hunt's web site
  • A $75.00 Kinesis Photo Gear Shopping Spree Certificate for use on the Kinesis web site
  • Special edition Editorís Pick Award 2005 NPN Field Cap
  • Lifetime Nature Photographers Network membership
  • Editor's Pick Awards 2005 Certificate

1st Honorable Mention -

  • An elegant, full color 12-inch by 12-inch coffee table book of all of the 2005 EPA winning photos, provided by SharedInk.com. Read Mark Hobson's article on books by SharedInk.
  • PhotoLibrary Photo Management Software
  • Special edition Editorís Pick Award 2005 NPN Field Cap
  • 3-year extention of their Nature Photographers Network membership
  • Editor's Pick Awards 2005 Certificate

2nd Honorable Mention -

  • An elegant, full color 12-inch by 12-inch coffee table book of all of the 2005 EPA winning photos, provided by SharedInk.com. Read Mark Hobson's article on books by SharedInk.
  • Special edition Editorís Pick Award 2005 NPN Field Cap
  • 1-year extention of their Nature Photographers Network membership
  • Editor's Pick Awards 2005 Certificate

In total, over $12,000.00 in awards were distributed in the 2005 Editor's Pick Awards!

Our sincere thanks to the NPN moderators for their help in making these selections, and to the 2005 Editor's Picks Awards sponsors.

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