Wildlife calendar photo contest winners announced

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October 14th, 2008

2009 Calendar CoverA whisker-perfect bobcat, adorable twin speckled deer fawns, and a fascinating gilded flicker caught in mid-flight are just some of the award-winning wildlife photographs that can intrigue every month of the year.

So be sure to get the ever-affordable ($3) Arizona Game and Fish Department calendar for 2009 – for quality, there’s no contest. Or actually, there was one, but it was for the photographs themselves.

Once again, this year the Game and Fish Department conducted a wildlife photo contest that attracted more than 1,200 submissions from 250 entrants. You can see the pick of the litter in the 2009 Arizona Wildlife Calendar.

Ann Beisser of Scottsdale took top honors with her photograph of a bobcat. Beisser’s photo of a family of great horned owls was also one of the 12 monthly winners. The other 11 winning photographs are:

  • Speckled fawn look-alikes, Ron Watkins, New River.
  • Wild turkeys on parade, Shane Farmer, Mesa.
  • Antelope ground squirrel eating a cactus flower, Patrick M. Collins, Manassas, Va.
  • Great blue heron reflections, Ed Taube, Phoenix.
  • Air flicking flicker, Bruce Taubert, Glendale.
  • Osprey soaring, Chris Darakis, Prescott Valley.
  • Vermillion flycatcher on a limb, Ed Bustya, Clarkdale.
  • Pronghorn eyeing the distance, Bob McBride, Scottsdale.
  • Arizona treefrog walking the leaves, Jeff Servoss, Phoenix.
  • Desert tortoise walking and rocking, William Wells, Surprise.
  • All-ears Allen’s lappet-browed bat, J.C. Amberlyn, Kingman

In addition to high-quality wildlife photography, the calendar provides handy reminders of important dates in a convenient wall-hanging format.

Calendars are on sale now at all offices of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and at the Wildlife Building at the Arizona State Fair. People also may download an order form from www.azgfd.gov/photocontest, print it out and mail it to the department. It is available for $3 (while supplies last).

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