California Native Plant Society

CNPS 2009 Conservation Conference: Strategies and Solutions

Photo Contest Winners

  • First Prize: Bruce Barnett, "Vernal Pools"
  • Second Prize: Paul Johnson, "Family Values"
  • Third Prize: Dylan Neubauer, "Limnanthes douglasii & syrphid fly"
  • Conference Choice: Reny Parker, "Coast Buckwheat"

Runners up

  • Judy Kramer, "Garden Among the Joshua Trees"
  • Brian Wright, "Moonlit Bristlecone"
  • Toni Rizzo, "Coast Indian Paintbrush"

Honorable Mention

  • Dylan Neubauer, "Agoseris grandiflora"
  • Michael Kauffmann, "Siskiyou Sunrise"
  • Judy Kramer, "Pennyroyal Bud"
  • Paul Johnson, "Pinyon Beauty"
  • Paul Johnson, "Buttonwillow"
  • Paul Hankamp, "Camissonia claviformis"
  • Spring Strahm, "Calochortus catalinae"
  • Linda Donnelly, "Jackass Meadow, Sierra Nevadas"


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Subject & Criteria

“California Native Plants”- Photos must be taken in California and feature plants native to the state. Images may be species specific macro shots, wide angle landscape photos, or pictures of people or animals interacting with the natural environment of California. Photos may be of but are not limited to- rare or common plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, bryophytes - surprise us!

Digital or Film: Photographer’s Choice, however entries must be accompanied by high resolution digital copies of photos on CD.

Size and Format: 5x7”or 8x10” photos. (Slight variations in size will be accepted.) Please- no mats, no frames, no glass. Photos must be mounted on foam core or backing mat board and enclosed in a clear poly envelope for display at conference. Please mark back of entry with title of the piece and name of photographer.

Right of Use:
Photographers will maintain copyright of their work, however CNPS reserves the right of use of winning entries and runners-up for publicity and advertising. Winning photographers relinquish any right to royalties from CNPS or any form of reimbursement other than contest awards. CNPS cannot guarantee the quality or appearance of your photo in digital media or print. Photographer credit will be given when possible, but is not guaranteed.


Panel of Judges

Nick Jensen - Nick Jensen is an avid and enthusiastic amateur photographer of California's flora. He has worked for CNPS since 2006, and is currently the Society's Rare Plant Program Director. In his free time, Nick enjoys hiking in California's majestic landscapes witnessing and photographing the state's spectacular biodiversity. Visit Nick's website at

Sally Mack - Sally Mack discovered a love of photography as a result of signing up for a photojournalism class in college. After shooting 35mm black and white film for years, she switched to color film, then to medium format, and now uses a 1979 Hasselblad with its standard 80mm lens. She’s had annual exhibits at The Faculty Club at UC Berkeley for the past six years, as well as one woman shows at SEAM and Thoreau Galleries in San Francisco and the Water Resources Center Archives Library on the UC Berkeley campus. Sally and her work have been featured in publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle and The Berkleyean. Visit Sally’s web site at

Ree Slocum - A former photojournalist, Ree Slocum began her business, Arcadian Images, in 2003. She specializes in macro flower photography and documentary/photojournalism. Her studies of flowers invite us to visit the rich micro worlds around us. Ree enjoys being in natureworking with natural light and f-stops to create her images, sometimes touching on the ethereal. Visit Ree’s website at .


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