Images contributed from around the world highlight penguins
The Aquarium of Niagara announced the three winners of the fifth Annual Penguin Days Amateur Photo Contest on Friday. The three winning images highlight each photographer's passion for penguins.
"People's love of penguins is clear by looking at the winning entries, and all of the entries that we received during the contest," said Dan Arcara, supervisor of exhibits for the Aquarium of Niagara. "The contest shows how much people love penguins, and we are thankful to all who have shared their memories, and pictures."
The contest attracted more than 80 photos from Western New York. Pictures include penguins from South Africa, Antarctica, and aquarium and zoological institutions throughout North America.
Bill Dorsey of Cheektowaga captured first prize with "Fish Lover," a shot of Araya, a Humboldt penguin having dinner at the Aquarium of Niagara. Dorsey wins a penguin encounter allowing him a unique view of the aquarium penguins.
Allan Gellin of Williamsville took second prize with "Feeding Time," a photo of a chinstrap penguin feeding its chick in Antarctica. Gellin will receive an 8-by-10-inch, unframed penguin art piece by one of the aquarium artists.
Melissa Ciurzynski of Western New York took home honorable mention with "Love Birds," a photograph of African penguins taken on her visit to SANCCOB in Cape Town, South Africa. SANCCOB is a leading marine non-profit organization with a vision to conserve seabirds and other sea-life, especially threatened species such as the African penguin. As the honorable mention winner, Ciurzynski receives a 4-by-6-inch penguin art piece.
Participant entries and winning photos in the contest were showcased during Penguin Days Celebration, and will be on display at the Aquarium of Niagara through the summer.
For more information on the Penguin Days photo contest, visitwww.aquariumofniagara.org or call 716-285-3575, ext. 211.