Save the Redwoods League Announces Winners of the Know Wonder Photo Contest

August 25, 2011

Sandy, Utah; Beaverton, Oregon residents awarded top prizes

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2011

Save the Redwoods League today revealed the three winners of its second annual national photo contest in which nearly 115 park enthusiasts entered their stunning images of the worldâs tallest trees.

In the 2011 Know Wonder photo contest, the League challenged redwood park enthusiasts to capture redwood forests from every angle â” from the smallest inhabitants on the forest floor to the lofty branches of the redwood canopy, as part of an effort to raise awareness for redwoods and state parks. âœThe strong response to the Know Wonder photo contest shows that people treasure these awe-inspiring forests and the parks that protect them,â said Jennifer Benito, director of outreach for Save the Redwoods League.

The League selected 12 finalists from more than 500 entries. After tallying more than 2,100 votes from the public, the League named three winners:

With 22.1% of the vote, Ronilo Felipe won first prize, a package donated by Redwood Adventures that includes a one-day interpretive tour of Redwood National Park for four. His photo, “Creature,” captures a common redwood forest inhabitant, the banana slug. Originally from Manila in the Philippines, Felipe moved to California in 2006. The former designer and drafter for an architectural firm now heads an engineering department in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Hayward, Calif., resident loves photographing people and nature in his spare time. “I love redwoods for their majestic span and height,” Felipe said. “I love the distinctive smell of this tree whenever I pass by along the coastline.”

With 18.4% of the vote, Scott Catron won second prize, a package for two donated by Central Coast Outdoors that includes a guided day hike in Big Sur, California. Catron’s “Ranger Talk” shows his daughters in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park during a junior ranger program. The Sandy, Utah, resident and his wife are avid photographers whose favorite subjects include their daughters’ activities and their family trips to national parks. The girls also enjoy photography. The family’s photographs have won numerous ribbons at the Utah State Fair, as well as spots in exhibitions and local publications. Scott’s photo, “Little Kids, Big Trees,” won first place in last yearâs League contest and best in show at the Salt Lake County fair this year. “Redwood forests are a setting out of time â” the mist, the ferns, the huge trees â” I almost expect a dinosaur to come around a corner in the forest,” he said.

With 13.7% of the vote, Mario Vaden won third prize: Four tickets to ride the Skunk Train through the redwoods from Willits, California.

Mario Vaden’s “Prairie Creek” was made along the middle stretch of the James Irvine Trail in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. When this Beaverton, Oregon, resident isn’t caring for trees professionally, he works to locate and measure tallest known coast redwoods in Prairie Creek and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks and Redwood National Park. Vaden also likes hiking and making hiking sticks. “The coast redwood forests are the epitome of what I enjoy most: evergreen forests, cool coastal climate …” Vaden said. “It’s not just the obvious giant size of coast redwoods, but also their variety of shapes and forms that are so interesting for me.”

To view all Know Wonder photo contest entries, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/groups/knowwonder2011/pool/

For more information about the Save the Redwoods League photo contest and future opportunities to participate, visit: http://www.savetheredwoods.org/community/contest.shtml

Editorâs please, note: For high-resolution images of winning photos please contact Jennifer Benito, outreach director for Save the Redwoods League at (415) 820-5814 or jbenito(at)SaveTheRedwoods(dot)org.

The Press Democrat and The Times-Standard are proud sponsors of the Save the Redwoods League online photo contest.

About Save the Redwoods League

Walk through a redwood forestâ”home of the tallest, largest, and some of the oldest living beings on Earthâ”and you can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of awe and peace among these magnificent giants. Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has led the effort to protect the coast redwoods and giant sequoias for all to experience and enjoy. To date the League has completed the purchase of more than 189,000 acres of redwood forest and associated land. For more information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org, or to receive monthly email updates, sign up at SaveTheRedwoods.org.


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