Flock Together Photo Contest
Birds of a feather...Bringing nature lovers, birders, & photographers together for the first ever Houston Audubon photo contest.
We're pleased to announce the winners of the first ever Flock Together Photo Contest during Houston Bird Week, coordinated by Houston Audubon's 2021 Young Professionals Advisory Council!
People's Choice Award - Gokul Natarajan
Bird Fails and Funnies - Brenda Lightfoot
Bird Friendly Communities - Denny Fahey
Bird of Houston - Kathy Sparks
Birds in Flight - Liang Sun
Birds of All Feathers - Kai Chase
Small in Frame - Karl Hoeffner
Meet the Judges
Houston Healthy Cities Director, The Nature Conservancy in Texas
Jaime González, M.Ed.
Jaime González works with communities in Greater Houston to co-create a healthier, more equitable, climate resilient, better-connected, and more biologically diverse region using nature-based solutions. Jaime is one of more than 20 Nature Conservancy city leads using nature-based solutions to Build Healthier Cities throughout North America and the world. He also serves on the board of directors for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) and co-founded the Coastal Prairie Partnership (CPP).
Mr. González earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction-Science Education and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Houston. He has also earned advanced certificates in civic ecology, environmental education and communications, and climate change and health connections from Duke, Yale, and Cornell Universities.
Jaime has won numerous awards for his work, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Elizabeth Hull Abernathy Award from Garden Club of America for outstanding contributions to environmental education of youth.
Project Engineer at Weatherford
Cameron Kirkpatrick, P.E.
Cameron Kirkpatrick is representing Houston Audubon Society's Young Professionals Advisory Council in the inaugural Flock Together Photo Contest. Cameron graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. A 2017 trip to bird-rich Everglades National Park reawakened a passion for birding originally fostered by his grandad, and he hasn’t looked back since.
An accomplished fine artist in his younger years, Cameron has shifted his artistic focus to bird and nature photography. He has been birding since he was a child and has a deep affinity for being out in the field, adding to his life list. With his combination of artistic, photography, and birding skills, he is well positioned and looks forward to serving as a judge for this year's contest. You can follow his birding adventures on Instagram @thetexasbirder.
Professor of Geology at Rice University
Cin-Ty Lee, Ph.D.
Cin-Ty Lee has been an avid birder and naturalist for several decades. Born in Taiwan, but raised in southern California, he fell in love with the snakes, the mountain lions, coyotes, birds, lizards, plants and rocks as a young kid. He has written numerous articles on challenging field identification problems. Cin-Ty spends his spare time searching for birds or leading bird trips along the Texas coast.
Artist and Conservationist
Dallas McNamara is an artist, conservationist, and third generation Houstonian. She is the founder and director of Cherryhurst House, an entity that collaborates with artists, makers and thinkers to foster innovative ideas and the creative process. For 2021 and 2022, Cherryhurst House has partnered with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on a Fellowship series focused on expanding the experience and history of photography. McNamara’s love and appreciation for birds and the importance of preserving their natural habitat is in large part due to the influence of her mother the late Ann Wier Jones, a longtime champion and supporter of Houston Audubon.
Judging will be based on content, creativity, uniqueness, and overall impression within its submitted category. All entries are eligible for the People’s Choice Award and will automatically be entered.
Houston Audubon seeks photos that best illustrate the following categories: Bird-Friendly Communities, Small-in-Frame, Bird of Houston, Bird Fails and Funnies, Birds in Flight, and Birds of All Feathers.
Each participant may enter into the contest no more than two (2) photographs total and no more than one photograph per category.
Photographs of bird-friendly communities, such as but not limited to backyards, parks, patios/porches, urban gardens, as well as bird-friendly plants and bird-friendly people. Essentially, any photograph that depicts a bird-friendly space is eligible!
Photographs in which the bird merely occupies approximately 10% or less of the frame. ** Percentage will be at discretion of the judges in the spirit of the category. **
Bird of Houston
Any photograph prominently featuring the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron--the official Bird of Houston--is eligible for this category.
For those looking for a challenge, any artistically composed photograph of a bird in flight is eligible.
Bird Fails and Funnies
Send in your best good-natured ‘fails,’ either your subject’s fails or your own fails as a photographer.
Birds of All Feathers
All wild and free birds welcome (refer to rules).
People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award is a separate award for submissions in any category that is selected by popular vote online! The window for voting on the PCA will take place during Bird Week beginning on Saturday, September 18 through Friday, September 24 by 11:00 PM Central Daylight Time.