Winners of the 2019 Jewel Moore Nature Reserve Photography Contest at the University of Central Arkansas were recently announced by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The contest is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni. It focuses on capturing all-natural photos in UCA’s Jewel Moore Nature Reserve, at the Steel Creek field station along the Buffalo River, and in other natural areas on the UCA campus.

UCA student winners are:

  • First place: “Spider Web” by Tiffany McCantsajor
  • Second place: “Jumping Spider on Sunflower” by Windy Lowder

“Spider Web”
by Tiffany McCants

“Jumping Spider on Sunflower”
by Windy Lowder

In the faculty/staff/alumni category, the winners are:

  • First place: “Katydid Nymph” by Ashley Barto, alumna
  • Second place: “Spider Web” by Kristen Spickard, graphic artist/project manager at UCA

“Katydid Nymph”
by Ashley Barto, alumna

“Spider Web”
by Kristen Spickard

Thirteen students submitted a total of 39 photographs for the contest. An additional 23 photographs were submitted by nine faculty, staff or alumni.

“A very special thank you to the judges, John Black and Seth Foley, and to all who entered photographs in the contest,” said David Dussourd, professor of biology and contest organizer. “It was certainly a big year for spider photographs.”

This is the third year of the photography contest.

The reserve is the last remaining remnant of the historic Conway Prairie. With over 235 identified species of flora and fauna, the Jewel Moore Nature Reserve is an example of natural preservation in an urban landscape. Located on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas, Jewel Moore not only serves the UCA student population but also the entire Conway community.

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