Exhibit showcases best of wildlife photography

Posted: Friday, September 26, 2003

HOMER The silhouette of two caribou, their movement temporarily stilled in a triple-layered scene by artist James Brady, took the lead in alaskaWILD 2003, a 33-piece juried exhibit coordinated by the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers.

The show is hosted locally for the second time by Homer Council on the Arts and can be enjoyed through the month of September. This year's jurors Roy Toft, Jo Overholt and Bob Hallinen named Brady's piece, ''Kongakut Dreams,'' best in the creative category, as well as best of show.

''This is one of the most well-coordinated shows,'' said council executive director Janet Bowen.

Pulling it all together this year was coordinator and local photographer Joey Hamlin. Her photograph, ''Time Out,'' which captures the image of a fox stopping to smell the flowers, received honorable mention in the wildlife category.

''Endurance,'' by Barbara Willard, is equally eye-catching, giving an eye-to-eye gaze into the fierce face of a bald eagle, its white, yellow and black head dramatically framed by a blue-sky background. But it is the icicle on the eagle's beak that grabs at the attention.

The wonders surrounding Homer found their way into several pieces, including the award-winning ''Homer Cranes'' and ''Kachemak Bay Cormorants,'' by Abirami Chidambaram. Both pieces received honorable mention in the creative category. Meanwhile, Carl Johnson focused on the fading heat of a sinking sun in ''Homer Spit Sunset.''

Johnson's camera also found the velvety warmth of sun softly lighting the contours of a cow moose in ''Cow Moose, Autumn,'' deemed by the judges as best in the wildlife category.

Also winning awards were: ''Inspiration,'' by Scott McGee, landscape category, and ''Frost on Leaves,'' by John DeLapp, nature category. Photographs by Bruce M. Herman, Bill Heubner, John DeLapp and Scott McGee received honorable mention.

Exhibit judge Toft is a zoologist in training at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. His first assignment was a wolf population study in Kenai National Park for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

His photographic portfolio reflects the world's most remote corners, including Africa, Australia, Borneo, India and Madagascar. His work has been published in National Geographic, Audubon, Discover and Smithsonian.

Overholt is a Fairbanks photographer whose credits and clients include Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, BBC, Alaska Magazine, the U.S. Postal Service and NBC.

Hallinen has been a photographer at the Anchorage Daily News since 1985. He was the lead photographer when Anchorage Daily News was awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and was individually a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1990 for his work covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Many of the pieces in alaskaWILD 2003 are for sale. A price list can be obtained from the council. For more information about the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photogra-phers, see the Web at www.asonp.org.

McKibben Jackinsky is a reporter for the Homer Tribune.

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