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50th Anniversary Photo Contest

Photo Contest Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of our first-ever Harris Center Photo Contest, featuring photos taken on Harris Center lands or at Harris Center programs (including, but not limited to outings, summer camps, school programs, and citizen science projects) in the following categories: Wildlife, People in Nature, and Landscapes. In addition, Peter Nott’s abstract images of leaves and puddles found along Harris Center trails were so intriguing that we gave them their own category: Nature as Art.

We’re grateful to all of our contributing photographers, whose beautiful images capture the breadth and depth of our connection to the land, and to one another. You can see all the entries in this Flickr album. Selecting winners — highlighted below — was a difficult task indeed.


Best in Show

Phil Brown releases a rehabilitated Broad-winged Hawk at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory, while wildlife rehabilitator Maria Colby looks on. (photo © Kim Nagy)

The release of a rehabilitated Broad-winged Hawk at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory in September 2019. (photo © Kim Nagy)


Wildlife: Winner

An assassin bug waiting on a stem.

An assassin bug waiting in ambush, photographed in the Hiroshi field in September 2016. (photo © Bruce Boyer)

Wildlife: Honorable Mention

A chipmunk eating a mushroom.

A chipmunk dining on a mushroom along the Dandelyon Trail in August 2020. (photo © Donna Keller)


People in Nature: Winner

Two young children sit at the edge of Spoonwood Pond. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Two brothers share a moment of wonder along Spoonwood Pond in August 2019. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

People in Nature: Honorable Mention

Girls peer out of a tent. (photo © Patricia Boulle)

A group of 5th grade girls peers out of their tent on an overnight outing with Harris Center teacher-naturalist Janet Altobello in June 2019. Collaborating teacher and photographer Patricia Boulle said, “It was an amazing experience — for every one of us! We hiked in, set up tents, made a campfire, told stories, participated in activities, survived a passing thunderstorm, cooked our meals on camp stoves… and loved every minute of it!” (photo © Patricia Boulle)


Landscapes: Winner

A loon on a misty morning. (photo © Amy Roberts)

A loon rises out of the mist on Seaver Pond. (photo © Amy Roberts)

Landscapes: Honorable Mention

Fishing from a canoe on Spoonwood Pond (photo © Jill Griffths)

A peaceful evening of camping and fishing on Spoonwood Pond in August 2019. (photo © Jill Griffths)


Nature As Art: Winner

An abstract image of leaves in water. (photo © Peter Nott)

A closer look at leaves and water along the section of rail trail between Eaton and Old Dublin Roads in November 2019. (photo © Peter Nott)

Contact Us

For more information on the Harris Center 50th Anniversary Photo Contest, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 358-2065 or by email.