Spring is coming, and shutterbugs are everywhere. To celebrate, photo enthusiasts throughout the Central Coast are invited to show their talents by entering the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature 10th anniversary nature photography competition.

The Solvang-based museum, which promotes the preservation of nature for future generations, announced the 2018 competition theme is “Nature Regenerated.” All entries must be submitted no later than May 25, 2018, by 5 p.m.

Citing the wildfires that raged through Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties this past year, museum staff noted the devastation has left the landscape blackened and desolate. Though it may seem nature succumbs to fires, the catastrophes also bring renewal. Wildflowers and greenery spring from beneath the ash and debris in a display of hope and rebirth. Photographers are encouraged to capture examples of nature’s magical ability to regenerate and thrive in the aftermath of fire.

Dewey judging

This year’s guest judge will be Santa Barbara County-based photographer Bill Dewey, whose aerial photographs are on view in the Wildling Museum’s Oak Gallery through March 12.

Dewey has been photographing the California landscape since taking up the camera in the early 1970s. He has a private pilot’s license and bases his aerial photography excursions out of Santa Barbara Airport.

A native of San Diego County, Dewey attended Brooks Institute of Photography, the University of California at Davis, and Rochester Institute of Technology. He has had a photography studio in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years and is a member of Santa Barbara’s Oak Group.

Adult category

The adult category is open to photographers 18 years or older. Three cash awards will be announced at the exhibition opening on Aug. 4. The first-place photographer will receive $250; second place receives $100; and third place receives $50. The selected photographs will be on view in the museum and will also be available for purchase.

For the adult category, photographers may submit up to five images for consideration. The fee per entry is $10 (Wildling Museum members receive one free entry). Entry fees may be paid online, at the museum or through the mail.

Junior category

Celebrating its third year, the junior category is open to photographers 17 years or younger. One cash award of $100 and additional prizes will be announced at the opening reception on Aug. 4. The junior selections will be on view in the Barbara Goodall Education Center on the Museum’s third floor and will be available for purchase.

The junior category is free to enter and each photographer may submit up to five images for consideration. A completed entry form must accompany the digital entries.

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