TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The winning photograph, of a coyote flipping a mouse, was shot by Scottsdale photographer Bryan Keil at the Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch. According to Keil he brought the tools of his trade with him - time, concentration, a good eye and a long lens.
"I was excited about this one." Keil, who also earned four honorable mentions in this year's contest for his masterful bird images, studies wildlife behavior to improve his photography. "That way, you're ready when the moment comes."
The three Tucson photographers that won were: Kathleen LaRose: bobcat; Tim Van Den Berg: northern rough-winged swallow; Kenneth Wayne Don: pallid bat.
There were more than 180 photographers that entered the wildlife photo contest, co-sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Arizona Highways. The 13 winning photos will be published ina full-size 2017 wildlife calendar that will be available in the November/December issue of Arizona Wildlife Views magazine. Arizona Highways is publishing the best-in-show photo in a 2017 issue.
The remaining winning photographers were:
- Craig Miller, Payson: bald eagle
- Archie Tucker, Goodyear: bison
- Yasmina Parker, Mesa: least bittern
- Guy Schmickle, Sedona: black-chinned hummingbird
- Jole Guthery, Flagstaff: golden-mantled ground squirrel
- Thomas Hansen, Phoenix: Western diamond-backed rattlesnake
- Peggy Kniffin, Chandler: snowy egret
- Bruce Sitko, Lakeside: Gould's turkey
- Tam Ryan, Mesa: pyrrhuloxia
Due to the more than 1,900 photographs that were entered, the judges also singled out 38 additional images from 27 photographers for honorabel mention. These photos will be featured in the Arizona Wildlife View magazine, to find out the list of honorable mentions click here.
Details for the 2017 competition will also be posted on at www.azgfd.gov/photocontest, when it becomes available.
For more about Arizona Wildlife Views click here.
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