Wild Views

Posted: Thursday, October 06, 2005


  "Nenana Smoke," shot by Ed Bennett

"Nenana Smoke," shot by Ed Bennett

Alaska's flora, fauna and fantastic views are highlighted in a photography show on display at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers puts on the annual Alaska Wild show, a juried exhibition of wildlife and nature images taken in Alaska.

The photos picked for the exhibition show an appreciation of the outdoor elements that make Alaska what it is, according to submission guidelines.

These can be vistas as expansive as a mountain range or as tiny as an ice crystal.

Many images focus on wildlife, from a bird nipping at berries to moose calves testing out their legs on up to grizzly bears.

Photos represent four categories — creative, meaning photos that have been altered in some way; landscape; wildlife, only truly wild animals allowed; and nature, which focuses on botanicals or intimate nature studies.

The exhibition at the visitors center has 35 images, including some from Kenai Peninsula photographers. The Best in Show award went to Jay Barrett, who lived in Kenai when he entered his shot of a swirling "Kenai Tide" at the Kenai beach.

At left is "Nenana Smoke" a landscape shot by Ed Bennett that was awarded an honorable mention prize.

Alaska Wild will be on display in Kenai until Nov. 13.

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