Environmental Policy Student Wins Wildlife Photography Contest

Posted: November 7, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Megan Draheim realized that her love for nature and her love for photography was a winning combination.

Her photo was recently selected as a Highly Honored winner for Nature’s Best Photography magazine’s Wildland Smith Rice International Photography Awards. Draheim’s photo was honored in the wildlife category.

Megan Draheim
Megan Draheim

Draheim, a PhD student in Environmental Science and Policy, photographed a Nubian ibex last January when she and her husband were vacationing in Israel. The photo shows the animal against a stunning rocky backdrop in Nahal David canyon in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

“It was my first time there, so we did sort of a whirlwind tour around the country,” she says. “One of the amazing things about Israel ― besides the history and the people ― is the biodiversity.”

Though she now focuses on biodiversity issues, Draheim has a BA in fine arts from the George Washington University with a concentration in photography. Making photos has always been one of her greatest passions.

Draheim admits she loves being in nature, and this interest has led her to her studies in conservation biology, especially issues surrounding attitudes toward human-wildlife conflict. For her master’s degree, she focused on local attitudes toward the new coyote population.

The ibex photograph was one of 100 chosen as a winner from among more than 20,000 entries. It will be published in the magazine’s 2008 Awards Special Collector’s Edition this month.

Megan Draheim's ibex photo
Megan Draheim’s award-winning ibex photo.
Photos courtesy of Megan Draheim

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