In celebration of Dublin Pride Week, the City of Dublin recently held its first "Nature in Our Backyard" photography contest. Submitted photographs were required to be taken in Dublin within the last 12 months. The City received dozens of beautiful photographs of natural landscapes and wildlife. A panel of judges selected the top 10 photographs, which were then posted on the City's website for a community vote.
Local photographer Jay Huang was named both the Grand Prize and First Place winner for his "Barn at Sunset" and his "Purple Flowers at Sunset" photographs. Vanessa Thomas won second place with a photo entitled, "Cherry Blossom Spring at Dougherty," while third place went to Eric Hanson for his "Gosling Playtime" photograph.
Mike's Camera in Dublin will provide Mr. Huang with gift certificates totaling $300. Ms. Thomas will receive a $50 certificate; and Mr. Hanson will receive a $25 gift certificate. In addition, all of the top winners will receive Certificates of Recognition from the Dublin City Council at an upcoming meeting; will be featured on the City of Dublin website; receive a metal print of their picture from Mike's Camera; and their photos will be displayed in the lobby of City Hall.