Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 5:22 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Picture the Heart of Homer winners announced




The Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge announce the winners of the Heart of Homer photography contest.

The winners are first place, Jim Thiele; second place, Bjorn Olson, and third place, Russell Campbell. Youth winners are first place, Stanley Parkinson; second place, Andie Sonnen, and third place, Alana Campbell. Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Manager Steve Delehanty gave the Manager's Choice to Brentwood "Hig" Higman.

The winning entries and an image from each of the more than 30 photographers who entered are on display at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Visitors can vote on the People's Choice Award through Oct. 14 during National Wildlife Refuge Week. The center is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Winning entries also are posted on the Islands and Ocean Facebook page.

Judges were Tom Collopy and Mary Frische of Wild North Photography and Taz Tally.

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