Creatures Great and Small: Capturing the Scenic Side of Tennessee’s Wildlife
Creatures Great and Small was Scenic Tennessee’s 19th photo contest but its first to focus on wildlife. Considering that Tennessee has more than 1,000 species of wild birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, insects, amphibians, crayfish and mussels, we were long overdue to put the spotlight on the scenic qualities of Tennessee’s abundant critter heritage.
The contest had three objectives:
- To celebrate the beauty and diversity of animals that enrich Tennessee’s viewscapes.
- To deepen our connection with these creatures and their habitats, and better appreciate their place in Tennessee’s natural, cultural and scenic character.
- To showcase the photographer’s art, skill and ingenuity in capturing wildlife subjects, their surroundings, their behaviors and their personalities.
The contest’s judges were:
- The late Mack Prichard, former Tennessee State Naturalist, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (see Mack’s legacy at www.mackprichard.com)
- Kevin Hancock, nature and commercial photographer, Knoxville; see his work at hancockphoto.com
- Jim Robertson, Cookeville, retired Federal Civil Service photographer and former staff photographer for the Tennessee Department of Conservation (State Parks, Conservation Education, Archeology, Water Resources, State Forestry and The Tennessee Conservationist Magazine)
This year’s Special Category was Moths & Butterflies
In almost every Scenic Tennessee photo contest, a sort of sub-theme emerges, a running thread of recurring images that gives depth to the contest and highlights an area of particular public interest and importance. In the 2018-2019 contest, this special category was moths and butterflies (order Lepidoptera). The importance of these insects was articulated by photographer Amanda Blount in her description of “It’s Lunch Time!”, her photo of an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly within Dunbar Cave State Park.
Note: Owing to the unusual circumstance that nearly all submissions were in a single entrant category (adult amateur), contest organizers decided, after several deadline extensions, to combine all submissions into a single all-inclusive judging. We hope you enjoy the results!