23 Feb 2009
Today Gary Nafis of Seattle, Washington became the recipient of SWCHR's 2008 Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography. Gary, who graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with an English major has operated the CaliforniaHerps.org website since 2000. In addition, he has worked much of his life as a professional sound recording engineer in San Francisco and is currently based in Seattle, after living for a year in Austin Texas, but he says a return to California might be in the works. Lately, he has been involved with recording the calls of all of the western amphibians, along with making recordings for westernsoundscape.org, which is attempting to create an archive of natural sounds of the west.
The annual award consist of a plaque mounted certificate along with a $150 cash award. Please click here to learn more and to view Gary's award-winning photograph.
The Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography will continue to be presented on an annual basis. Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research is hopeful of being able to increase the cash portion of the award at some point in the future. SWCHR is very pleased with our first two years of sponsoring this award program that allows us to recognize and reward individuals who demonstrate a high degree of photographic excellence in the field of herpetology. For more information on how to participate in this program, Please click here.
Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research