10th Anniversary Photo Contest

Four Winds’ 2017 Photo Contest! The results are in!

The idea for a photo contest sprouted in the summer of 2016 as we were planning our 10th birthday. To help us celebrate, generous and dear friends to Four Winds made a donation to provide awards to the winning contestants.

We received some 240 photos for consideration – So many delightful, creative and beautiful images!

The Photo Contest judges had the fun challenge of considering and selecting winners for each category. (and after lots of lively debate, the judges added a “Runner-up” award in three of the categories and a Very Special Mention, too.)


In Structure and Function, 1st prize winner is Louise Garfield for Skull Sleuthing:

Skull Sleuthing
by Louise Garfield

In Structure and Function, runnerup is Rueben Vidrio for Owl in the Woods: 

Owl in the Woods
by Rueben Vidrio

For Patterns in Nature, 1st prize winner is Ellen Bodin for Sunflower Fibonnaci and Baby Barn Swallows:

Fibonacci Sunflower
by Ellen Bodin
Baby Barn Swallows
by Ellen Bodin

For Cycles, 1st prize is awarded to Jesse Bodin for Metamorphosis:

by Jesse Bodin

In the Ecosystems category, 1st prize goes to Gretchen Gould for Boy with Net:  

Boy with Net
by Gretchen Gould

In the Ecosystems category, runnerup is Casey Carmolli for Stream Findings:

Stream Findings
by Casey Carmolli

 In Earth and the Environment, Erika Bodin wins 1st prize with World in a Single Drop:

The World in a Single Drop
by Erika Bodin

In Earth and the Environment, Robert Ruble is runnerup with Racing the Wind:

Racing the Wind
by Robert Ruble

 Grand Prize goes to Jesse Bodin for Milkweed Silk:

Milkweed Silk
by Jesse Bodin

And Very Special Mention goes to Rick Rayfield for this photo of children releasing milkweed seeds in the snow!

Milkweed Seeds and Snow
by Rick Rayfield