Winners in the First Annual Wildlife Photography Exhibition at Texas A&M University- Kingsville include, left to right: David Campbell, Best Habitat; Kelley Wood, Best in Show; and Alex Meza, Best Wildlife. The Best in Show was awarded a sizeable cash award. The Best Wildlife and Best Habitat winners both received a Rotational 180 Backpack from Mind Shift Gear.
The first Wildlife Photography Exhibition represents the finest of the images produced and selected by students of the new Wildlife Photography Program at Texas A&M University- Kingsville. Students created images to best depict Texas wildlife and its habitat. The class members produced these images during the Spring 2018 semester and printed and prepared the mounted images for the May exhibit at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center in Kingsville, Texas.
BEST IN SHOW- “It’s a Small World”- Kelley Wood
“This ladybird beetle was on a Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa) inflorescence. I was looking at the plant because there were multiple butterflies and other insects that I wanted to take pictures of. It was in the shade, so the lighting was not as harsh.”
BEST HABITAT- “Bobcat”- David Campbell
“I was on the ranch I work on near Cotulla, TX heading to one of our ponds with a fishing pole and cold beer in hand. As I got near the water I noticed this bobcat sitting on the edge of the brush and realized I didn’t have my camera. I watched him for a second and decided to go back to the truck (a couple hundred yards away) to get my camera. To my surprise he had not moved an inch which allowed me to take this and several other great photos.”
BEST WILDLIFE- “Burrowing Owl”- Alex Meza
“Photographed in Granjeno, Texas, a small town literally at the edge of the Rio Grande River. This owl nests in crevices created by big boulders that are placed next to the levee to protect citizens from the Rio Grande River flash floods. The Burrowing owl was out in the sunset after a hot day in South Texas.”
Exhibit juror, Shirley Loflin, critiques an image by student Kelley Wood. Shirley is a published photographer, author and naturalist and is a long time exhibition juror. She resides in Austin.
Student Alex Meza describes cropping suggestions of one of his entries made by the juror to his wife Neyda Gonzales.
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM
The new Wildlife Photography program is an unique-in-the-nation curriculum providing classes to biology majors within the Range and Wildlife Sciences department at the university. The program was started through a generous donation by the Frederick J. Bremner Trust. Dr. Bremner was a former faculty member at Trinity University in San Antonio.
The program began this Spring 2018 semester with the first in a series of classes entitled Introduction to Digital Wildlife Photography. Additional classes include: Advanced Digital Wildlife Photography, Wildlife Macro Photography, Wildlife Photographic Technology, and Digital Post Production in Wildlife Photography.
The program was developed by Brian Loflin, a Austin biological photographer, author and educator who has taught similar classes at UT Austin Continuing Education and Informal Classes for the past eleven years and in seminars and workshops throughout the country. Loflin is a adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University- Kingsville.
ADDITIONAL EXHIBIT ENTRIES:
“Looking Up”- Kelley Wood
“Rattlesnake”- David Campbell
“Altamira Oriole”- Alex Meza
“Colorful Flower”- Robert Dwyer
“Greater Roadrunner”- Robert Dwyer
“Sandpiper on Jetties”- Pedro Cesares
“Ocean Current”- Pedro Cesares
“Swallowtail collecting Nectar”- Jeanette Casanova
“Mockingbird Chilling”- Jeanette Casanova
“White-tail”- Crisantos Cesares
“Gulf-Fritillary on Thistle”- Christos Cesares
All material Copyright © 2018 by Brian Loflin. Images copyright by their makers. All rights reserved.