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2019 Calendar Photo Contest Results!

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Nature Up North calendar photo contest results are in

Each year, you share hundreds of photos and observations with us here on natureupnorth.org as Encounters. For the sixth year running, we're excited to be sharing some of our favorite photos from the previous year through our printed wall calendar. In addition to stunning local photography, our calendars also feature Nature Notes highlighting seasonal wildlife behavior to look for each month. 


1st Place Overall (2019 calendar cover, November)

Sunrise on Mt. Arab by Maya Williams

Sunrise on Mt. Arab


2nd Place Overall (February)

Porcupine's Punk Rock Hair Day by Ben Dixon

Porcupine in winter


2019 Calendar Photo Contributors by Month (click the link to view Encounters):

January: Maya Williams (Skating in the Woods, SLU Kip Trail, Canton)

February: Ben Dixon (Porcupine's Punk Rock Hair Day, Indian Creek Nature Center, Rensselaer Falls) *2nd place

March: Bill Hill (Robert G. Wehle State Park, Henderson)

April: Kenny Fowler (Trout Lily, Harper's Falls, Clare)

May: Ben Dixon (Sundew [photo 3], Dead Creek Flow, Wanakena)

June: Gerard Butler (Adirondack Nights, South Colton)

July: Janine Wright (Sunset Serenity, Massena)

August: Melissa Burchard (American Toad, Five Falls, South Colton)

September: Maggie Elliott (Big tooth aspen, Canton)

October: Bill Hill (First Snow of the Season [photo 3], Bear Mountain, Cranberry Lake)

November: Maya Williams (Sunrise on Mt. Arab, Piercefield) *1st place

December: Kevin MacKenzie (Panther Gorge, Mt. Marcy, Lake Placid)


Proceeds from our calendar sales benefit Nature Up North's community environmental education initiatives. In the past 5 years, Nature Up North has reached thousands of local residents through our guided hikes, paddles, workshops, and K-12 programs.  

Nature Up North calendars will be available at local businesses throughout the North Country again this year starting in November. We hope you’ll support our programs, and locally-owned businesses, by buying a Nature Up North calendar this year. And don’t forget to keep posting your North Country nature photos as Encounters. Your photos could be included in next year’s calendar! 

We are currently seeking locations in the Massena and Ogdensburg areas. Interested in seeing Nature Up North Calendars at your store or a store near you this winter? Email info@natureupnorth.org

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to the contest this year!