Bird Photography Exhibit

2/9/2018 to 3/31/2018 | Arrow Rock State Historic Site | Arrow Rock, MO

The images of the 50 finalists in the second annual Missouri River Bird Observatory (MRBO) photo contest will be unveiled at the historic site’s visitor center. A reception for the general public will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to honor the photographers and contest sponsors, while unveiling the beautiful photographs for the first time. The reception will also provide the opportunity for guests to meet the MRBO staff and learn more about the education and conservation projects the organization spearheads from its headquarters in Arrow Rock. The exhibit opening is free to the public and refreshments will be served. 

The contest, which carried the theme “Hope is the Thing with Feathers,” based on the poem by Emily Dickinson, attracted 38 amateur Missouri photographers who submitted 103 photos. The photographs all depict native Missouri birds and were submitted with a description of the photo’s conservation relevance. The photos were judged by a panel of professional photographers, artists and conservationists. Contest prizes ranged from $100 to $1,000, thanks to sponsorship by Wood & Huston Bank of Marshall. 

Mounted on 11” X 14” canvasses, the amazing photographs will grace the wall of the visitor center from the February debut through the end of March.  They will then be sold during the Audubon Society of Missouri‘s spring meeting, scheduled to be held in Arrow Rock in early May. Proceeds from the sale will benefit both the MRBO education program and the Audubon Society of Missouri conservation mission.

The exhibit can be viewed through March during normal visitor center hours. Click here to read the news release.

Exhibit Reception:  Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hours through March:
  • February: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Sunday
  • March: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily



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