Morrill Hall's 'Wildlife and Nature' amateur photo exhibit opens July 1

Released on 06/28/2011, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Friday, Jul. 1, 2011, through Sep. 5, 2011

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, south of 14th and Vine Streets [map]

Lincoln, Neb., June 28th, 2011 —
The Grand Prize winning photo,
The Grand Prize winning photo, "My Rose!" by David Ruwe of Hooper. (Photo taken in Hooper) (Photo copyright David Ruwe)

The University of Nebraska State Museum will open its third annual "Wildlife and Nature" amateur photography exhibit July 1 on the third floor of Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.

Amateur photographers from across Nebraska submitted entries this spring as part of the museum's year-long 140th anniversary celebration. More than 350 images of birds, mammals, plant life, other wildlife, natural landscapes, and people interacting with nature will be showcased for museum visitors to enjoy. The exhibit will remain on display through Labor Day.

The Grand Prize winning photo was "My Rose!" by David Ruwe of Hooper. Other winners, by category, are:

Birds: 1, Frank Comisar, Omaha; 2, Donna Gustafson, Lincoln; 3, Bob Kenny, Lincoln.

People and Nature: 1, Comisar; 2, Mark Brittenham and Susan Hermiller, Lincoln; 3, Don Trouba, Gretna.

Mammals: 1, Comisar; 2, Kip Arnold, Fremont; 3, Tim Trudell, Omaha.

Landscapes and Skyscapes: 1, Brent Hall, Lincoln; 2, Pingyu Zhang, Lincoln; 3, Don Wilson, Papillion.

Plant Life: 1, Charlie Litton, Lincoln; 2, Wilson; 3, Benjamin Vogt, Lincoln.

Other Wildlife: 1, David Ruwe, Hooper (Grand Prize winner); 2, Matthew DeBoer, Omaha; 3, Craig Gilsdorf, Omaha.

The photo contest judges included Bruce Thorson, associate professor of news-editorial and photojournalism for UNL's College of Journalism and Mass Communication; Katie Joseph, assistant to National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore; and Mark Harris, State Museum associate director.

The photos of the first place winners will be featured on the museum's website,, beginning July 1.

Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is celebrating its 140th anniversary with special promotions and educational events throughout the year. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Regular museum admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. Parking is free. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. For further information, telephone the museum at (402) 472-2642 or visit

WRITER: Dana Ludvik