Winners of wildlife and landscape photo contests have been announced by staff at the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center in Twain Harte.

In the teen/youth wildlife category, Devin Chubb won first place and $50 for his photo of an acorn woodpecker. Katalyn Hawthorne won honorable mention for her picture of a hummingbird.

And in the teen/youth landscape category, Emma Hiller won first place for her photo of a drop of water on a leaf. Samantha Cutting won honorable mention for her photo of a high mountain landscape.

Winners in the adult wildlife category included Rick Kimble, who won first place and $100 for his photo of a red fox. Sharon Anderson won the $50 second prize for her photo of two bear cubs. Jim Hoagland won third place for his photo of two western kingbirds.

Top honors in the adult landscape category and $100 went to Fred Courter for his photo of snowy El Capitan in Yosemite. Dan Souza won second place and $50 for his photo of cascade pouring down a boulder-strewn mountainside. Peggy Edwards won third place for her photo of an oak woodland scene.

This is the first year CSERC has offered prizes in separate landscape photo categories.

Many of the photos entered in CSERC’s annual photo contests are used in free slideshow presentations for schools and community groups up and down Central California. CSERC staff say that since 1990 their nonprofit has reached more than 150,000 students with programs about wildlife, forests and water.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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