First Place (above)
Jenifer Klaus, Lincoln, CA
From its vivid coloring to its remarkable detail, this photo of a dragonfly, caught still for a millisecond, showcases a beauty that can only be captured through patience and attentiveness.
Stephen Glewwe, Woodbury, MN
What appears to be a rather insignificant plant becomes a stunner in this clear, perfectly composed close-up of a widow’s tears flower.
Barbara Deatrick Wagner, Annville, PA
Composition, color and detail in this photo draws the eye to the white center of a clematis, which stands in contrast to the rich purples and pinks surrounding it.
Dragonfly: Carl Smith, El Paso, TX
Osteospermum ‘Sunny Philip’: Evelyn Peterson, Redding, CA
Plumeria: Debbie Amon, Sarasota, FL
Trumpet honeysuckle: Amber Davis, Long Beach, CA
Insect on rose of Sharon: Janice Poole, Hallsville, MO
Under a coneflower: Crystal Hammack, Arp, TX
Bee on perennial salvia: Rosalyn North, Dixon, NM
Dahlia ‘Blueboy’: Kathy Young, Elk Grove, CA
Oregon iris: Stephen Christensen, Sandpoint, ID