10th Photo Festival sets record

Submitted photo/Ward Museum
Grand Champion title of the 10th annual Art in Nature Photo went to a stunning photo by Margaret Udinski of Ocean View, Delaware.

SALISBURY — The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University hosted the 10th annual Art in Nature Photo Festival entirely online this year. The festival took place virtually July 10–12 with the help of a sophisticated digital platform that enabled a panel of international judges to deliberate on the record-breaking number of photo submissions from all over the world.

The Art in Nature Photo Festival featured a panel of local and world-renowned photographers including noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker, photographer and educator Akasha Rabut, nature photographer Jacqueline Deely, documentary photographer Edwin Remsberg, French author and photographer Serge Ramelli, and local celebs Tony Weeg and Andrew Tawes. Participants entered photographs in any of the competition’s 12 categories, ranging from animals and natural landscapes to documentary photography and drone photography.

Despite the competition’s international presence and competitors entering from countries like Oman, Poland, Rwanda, and the Philippines, the Grand Champion title of the 10th annual Art in Nature Photo went to a stunning photo by Margaret Udinski of Ocean View, Delaware.

“Though it was daunting to move an in-person festival online for the first time, I am thrilled with how things came together. You just never know what’s possible until you try,” said Kristin Sullivan, Executive Director of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University. “We introduced seven exciting new categories, added celebrity judges to our panel, and used a great new platform to engage photographers worldwide. We received more entries from more photographers than we’ve ever had in our history.”

A full list of winners, runner-ups, and competition categories is available online at wardmuseum.org. Images were judged on technical excellence, originality, composition, impact, artistic merit, and subject matter.
The People’s Choice award went to “Touching the Horizon” by Meredith Gilmore of Salisbury. Entered in the Natural Landscape category, “Touching the Horizon” received a perfect 5-star rating from voters.

This event was sponsored in part by Salisbury University, the Maryland State Arts Council, Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council, the Cooperative of Photography, and WBOC Delmarva’s News Leader.