Winner Named in 3rd Annual Photo ContestNPMA Staff
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has announced
the winner in its third annual Pest Photo Contest, an online
competition that challenged photographers to submit images of
common household pests, rodents and small wildlife. Pete Elbert,
Photog5354, has won the grand prize of $1,000 for his photo
submission of an American dog tick.
Pete takes every opportunity he can to spend time in the woods
and swamps of Florida looking for insects to photograph.
Occasionally, he doesn’t have to look too far or too long before he
finds them – or in this case, they find him. Pete is an avid user
of insect repellent containing DEET, but this time he didn’t put
any on before going into the woods. When Pete returned home, he
thoroughly checked himself for ticks and actually found the American
dog tick, photographed above, on his arm. He grabbed his
camera, got the winning shot and properly
removed the tick before it caused any harm.
Due to the caliber of submissions, the NPMA decided to also name
a runner-up this year. Daniel D. Dye has been awarded a $500 prize
for his photo of the spitting spider, which was taken March 4, 2012
in Bristol, FL at a friend’s home. The spider, which is carrying a sac of
eggs, was under a wooden step at the entrance to a greenhouse.
To enter the contest, photographers - amateur and avid alike -
submitted their favorite pest photos to the PestWorld Photography
Contest group on Flickr. All entries were judged on criteria
including originality and creativity, adherence to creative
assignment and overall appeal. The top ten finalists can be viewed
Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to Pete