We’re excited to announce the winners of Population Connection’s first Photo Contest! Members from around the country submitted photos of the natural spaces, unique plants, and wildlife that inspire them to work for a more sustainable future for our planet. We had many beautiful entries that are showcased toward the second half of the page, under the “All Entries” section. As for the winner and honorable mentions, they are featured directly below!

Andrew Clark, Pendleton, Oregon

“This is a photo I really love. It is a Red-crowned Barbet in its nest hole, sleeping. I took the photo during a night hike in the Kalimantan jungle in Borneo. The illumination is with simple flashlights”


In describing how he views Population Connection’s work, he says:
People like me are working to stabilize the supply of high-quality protein for development of healthy brains in healthy children and stable livelihoods for their parents. Population Connection supporters can work toward stabilizing the population at lower—much lower—levels. This can be done—we all have a part to play.

If Population Connection supports us all working together toward the same goal of human populations appropriate to the environments and ecologies of their lands, lots of good things can happen, and millions of people will be better off.

Tom Cameron of Avon, CT

“I’ve spent hundreds of hours, over many years, on this river (often in my kayak), witnessing its beauty. This was a special morning—my birthday—and the river gave me a present: a doe and her two fawns respectfully requesting passage through a flock of geese feeding in the shallow rapids.”

Why population issues matter to Tom:
Our challenge is to recognize our fossil fuel addiction and understand how it has warped our consciousness and exploded our human population at the expense of thousands of other species and brought us to the brink of our own demise.

Kris Gulden of Fairfax, VA

“This was my first time exploring Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, near Cambridge, MD, in the evening. As luck would have it, the sky was a mix of beautiful colors and cloud formations as the sun was setting. I like the way the colors are reflected on the water, too.”

Why population issues matter to Kris:
There are so many dangers posed by overpopulation. We have limited space and limited resources here on earth, and stabilizing the number of people on the planet is critical not only for our survival, but it also influences the quality of life we experience.

Alex Burr of Las Cruces, NM

“I took this photo of an elephant family in Sweetwaters Game Reserve, a large, well populated park in Kenya with a large variety of wildlife.”

Why population issues matter to Alex:
It takes a certain amount of land area, food, and other resources to support each person. In some places on earth, there are too many people for a good quality of life and a sustainable future. If population growth is not reduced, the regions that already have too many people will continue to exceed their carrying capacity.