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Taking a good look at nature, through the lens of a camera at Stillwaters

One of the photo workshop attendees gets up close with nature.  - Courtesy Photo/Stillwaters
One of the photo workshop attendees gets up close with nature.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo/Stillwaters

Stillwaters celebrates its 10th anniversary with an emphasis on photography.

Nature and photography are inextricably linked.

Dating back to, and even before, the early 20th century phenom photographer Ansel Adams, the camera has long been a tool in the environmentalist’s bag.

“A lot of the stewardship and preservation of natural habitat begins with a recongition that it even exists,” Stillwaters Environmental Center board member Nick Jewett said. “Photography, by its very nature, forces you to look more closely and revisit what you saw.”

That premise recently led Jewett and Stillwaters to spearhead a three-part series of nature photography events earlier this fall, in celebration of the center’s 10th anniversary.

In one workshop, Stillwaters matched critically-acclaimed, locally-based photographers with naturalists, to lead groups through photo excursions around the North End.

In the second, a diverse panel of experts reviewed some of the photos taken during the first at the Kingston Firehouse theater, describing the elements which made each photo work, or not work, in various capacities.

The third element, which debuted Oct. 3, was a photo contest entitled “Shoot Wild Kitsap” — featuring nature photography from beginners, amateurs, talented amateurs and professionals at the Kingston Art Gallery.

“The exhibit was really almost an after thought,” Jewett said. “The workshops were incredible... the whole idea is getting people vested in the natural environment."

This year’s 'Shoot Wild Kitsap' exhibit will hang through the month at the Kingston Art Gallery, while plans for more Stillwaters workshops next spring are already in the works.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Best in Show: Michele Lewis, Kingston

Professional: Paula Suter, Poulsbo

Talented Amateur: Bonnie Block, Kingston

Amateur: Kathy Henry, Kingston & Teresa Heather, Poulsbo

Beginner: Brandy Dickinson, Port Orchard

Info: www.stillwatersenvironmentalcenter.org.

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