The Florida Wild Mammal Association (FWMA) holds a nature photo contest each year as a fundraiser. FWMA is a wildlife rehabilitation facility near Crawfordville that has taken in over 12,000 injured and orphaned animals since it was established in 1994. Rescuers from Taylor County to Franklin County know that the FWMA staff will provide excellent care for the animals, and release them back to the wild if at all possible. Additional information regarding FWMA can be found at fwma.org or facebook.
The 2013 photo contest was the 6th and most successful, resulting in over 200 photos and over $900 in entry fees. All entrants are amateur photographers, both youth and adult. This year there were seven categories, including birds, other wildlife, flowers/plant life, landscape, altered, macro and black&white.
For the first time, all of the photos are being displayed at the Wakulla Welcome Center. The photos range from a mom with a baby gator taken at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to a herd of zebras in Africa, and all sorts of interesting subjects in between. Many shots are very unique and many subjects are unusual. Lots of the photos will be regarded as professional-quality shots.
In addition to finding great subjects, the photographers have written very clever titles for them. You will want to check out “What Does the Fox Say?”, “Diva Frog”, “Yum!”, “Their Beaks can hold more than their Belican”, “Connect the Dots” and “The Non-conformist”.
In addition to the funds raised by the entry fees, most of the photos were donated to FWMA for additional fundraising. Those photos will be made available for a suggested donation of $10; the framed overall contest winner has a suggested donation of $50.
Come and appreciate the beautiful photos starting January 26th and continuing through February. The show will kick off with a reception on the 26th from 3-5 pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Stop by to see the photos and support the FWMA mission.
The Wakulla Welcome Center is located at 1505 Coastal Highway, Panacea FL. It is open from 10:30 to 4:30 Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 to 4:30 on Sunday.