First Prize Winner: Fine Art Photography – Congratulations to John Barrett Jr. for Mom’s Time Out. All Rights Reserved.

I am a wildlife and nature photographer, specializing in animal portraits and storytelling. I have spent much of the past two decades in nature, trying to capture the beauty and emotional qualities of animals, particularly endangered species. I have watched as some animal populations have thinned and habitats have been systemically diminished or destroyed. It saddens me that the next generation will not have the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature that I have been so privileged to see. It is for this reason that I will continue to photograph and document the majesty of nature. My goal is to have my images create a connection with the viewer and the animal, forging a bond that hopefully makes the viewer want to support and protect them.

Congratulations John!


Second Prize Winner: Fine Art Photography – Congratulations to Danielle Angell for Save Our Wildlife? All Rights Reserved.

In our busy lives, we often miss the beauty and simplicity around us. We are so caught up in the end destination or routine of the race that we pass by the simple miracles of the moment. My photography is an invitation to slow down and become aware. It provides a gateway into the unavailable or unnoticed pieces of the world that reflect or need healing, that demonstrate beauty, even in ugly situations, and connects us to a source of overwhelming gratitude for the treasures around us that we so often take for granted. Each piece is created as a reminder to take time to reflect, to dream, to wonder, to protect, to appreciate, and to wake up and witness the extraordinary right before our very eyes.

 Congratulations Danielle!



Third Prize Winner: Fine Art Photography – Congratulations to Sebastien Meys for Before a Rest. All Rights Reserved.

A B&W work on a gorilla.

Congratulations Sebastien!


  1. Marty Veselich
    October 2, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Hi – I was looking forward to submitting to your photography contest, but unfortunately, it appeared that your photos may be vulnerable to a “Right Click – Save Image As” Function.

    I understand that there are other ways folks can save online photos for their own purposes, but I know that “Right Click Disabling” provides at least some level of protection.

    Hopefully, I was mistaken – and needlessly left myself out of an interesting, and important competition.

    Best Regards,
    Marty Veselich

    • Jon Norris
      October 3, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Marty – thanks for your comment and feedback. Even if we were to disable the “right click – save image as” function it would provide only minimal protection as anyone can screenshot any image from any website. We only post low resolution images of the entries on the A4A website and all images are clearly marked as “All Rights Reserved”. Whilst it doesn’t prevent someone copying an image we recommend that artists/photographers register their images/artwork with the copyright office at so that if their copyright is breached then legal action can be taken by the artist/photographer against the copyright infringer.

      • Jon Norris
        October 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

        Hi Marty – further to my last response we’d love to have an entry from you in the contest and would abide by your wishes not to publish the image online (on the A4A website or social media channels). We only do this to give publicity to the artists who enter the contest and to introduce them to a new audience. The deadline is October 9th so there is still time to submit. If you do decide to submit please mention in your artist statement that you do not wish for your image/artwork to be posted online. I do hope we get to see your work in the contest.

        • Marty Veselich
          October 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

          Jon –

          Thanks so much for your consideration! (Unfortunately I just tracked down your response, and flexibility. Maybe next year!

          Best regards,
          Marty Veselich

        • Marty Veselich
          October 13, 2016 at 11:33 am

          Marty Veselich
          October 12, 2016


          Dear Jon,

          Theare was an ape sitting on my keys, hence the scrambled syntax. – Here’s what I meant to write:

          Jon –

          Thanks so much for your consideration and flexibility! (Unfortunately I just tracked down your response,) Maybe next year!

          Best regards,
          Marty Veselich

  2. March 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    When will the 2017 contest be displayed? It has already been advertised elsewhere, but is not visible here to enter. Also your website copyright only goes to 2016, probably should be updated to 2017.
    Thank you

    • Jon Norris
      March 25, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      Hello – we’re updating the website this weekend – thanks for your patience.

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