Staff Report

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its nature photography competition, the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature has announced this year’s competition theme as “Nature Regenerated.”

The wildfires that raged through Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in 2017 left many landscapes blackened and desolate, but nature perseveres and regenerates. Wildflowers and greenery spring from beneath the ash and debris in a display of hope and rebirth.

Photographers are encouraged to capture examples of nature’s magical ability to regenerate and thrive in the aftermath of fire.

This year’s guest judge will be photographer Bill Dewey, whose aerial photographs are on view in the Oak Gallery through March 12.

Dewey has been photographing the California landscape since the early 1970s. He has had his private pilot’s license since 1981 and bases his aerial photography excursions at Santa Barbara Airport.

A native of San Diego County, Dewey attended Brooks Institute of Photography, UC Davis, and Rochester Institute of Technology. He has had a photography studio in Santa Barbara for more than 30 years and is a member of Santa Barbara’s Oak Group.

Photographers may not trespass on private property or enter into areas where access is prohibited or dangerous.

Entries will be accepted in both adult and junior categories. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 25. For more information, visit