The City of Dublin held its third annual "Nature in Our Backyard" photography contest as part of the 2021 Dublin Pride activities. The City received 159 beautiful photographs of natural landscapes and wildlife taken in Dublin between April 2020 and April 2021. A panel of judges selected the top 10 photographs, which were then posted on the City's website for a community vote. The top four vote-getters were chosen for awards.
Photographer Rahul Guha Ray was named both the Grand Prize and First Place winner for the "Hummingbird" and "Northern Harrier" photographs. Liz Crane won second place with a photo entitled, "Stagecoach Turkeys," while third place went to Monique Richardson for the "When I Look to the Sky" photograph.
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Grand Prize: Rahul Guha Ray, "Hummingbird"
Location: Jordan Ranch Trail
First Place: Rahul Guha Ray, "Northern Harrier"
Location: Dublin Hills Regional Park
Second Place: Liz Crane, "Stagecoach Turkeys"
Location: Open space along Stagecoach Rd.
Third Place: Monique Richardson, "When I Look to the Sky"
Location: Residence on Davona Dr.
Prizes were awarded to winners courtesy of Mike's Camera in Dublin. The Grand Prize winner received a $200 gift certificate; the First-Place winner received a $100 gift certificate; the Second-Place winner received a $50 certificate; and the Third Place winner received a $25 gift certificate. In addition, all of the winners will receive certificates of recognition from the City of Dublin during a City Council meeting; be featured on the City of Dublin website; receive a metal print of their picture from Mike's Camera in Dublin; and their photographs will be displayed in the lobby of City Hall.
*The City of Dublin will have the right to display and of the submitted photographs on the City website and other City media to help promote the City in perpetuity. Photographers will receive credit when photographs are used.