Photography competition

"Crazy Hair Day" by Ali Stein is a Junior winner in the Wildling Museum's photography competition.

The Wildling Museum's annual nature photography competition goes on view Saturday, July 15, and runs through Oct. 23.

Over 160 entries were received in response to this year’s theme, Trees of the Tri-Counties. Photographers captured the diverse tree species that call Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties home. This is the second year the Wildling offered a Junior Competition, which gives gave artists 17 years and under the chance to show off their skills. On view in the Barbara Goodall Classroom, these works show the talent of some exceptional budding artists. The work of the adults will be featured in the second floor gallery.

From their bark and leaves to their ecosystems and inhabitants, each tree is unique. The tri-counties are home to a diverse range of tree species. The exhibition explores their life cycle, those who call it home, the threats they face, and their individuality.

An opening reception will be held July 15 at 3 p.m., where the awards for first, second and third places will be announced in both the adult and junior categories. All works will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit www.wildlingmuseum.org.

This report was compiled by Mary Ann Norbom. You can reach her at mnorbom@leecentralcoastnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @MANorbomSYVNews

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