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Zoology doctoral student wins honorable mention in international photography awards competition


Molly Barger Steinwald's "Nature's Child."
Molly Barger Steinwald, a doctoral student in zoology at Miami University, has received an honorable mention for a photograph submitted to the Pilsner Urquell International Photography Awards Competition. Her photo was selected from among 22,000 entries submitted from 124 countries for the competition, considered the world's "most prestigious photography contest for both professional and amateur photographers."

Steinwald's photo, "Nature's Child," was entered in the non-professional photographer category, subject category "people."

A self-taught environmental photographer and former teacher, Steinwald works to "invoke wonder and respect for the natural world." 
She describes "Nature's Child," as "of my three-year-old son running through Miami's Alumni Hall when we'd stopped there on a family walk around campus; it's a completely unstaged shot - I just turned around and it was the perfect moment."

Last fall Steinwald was awarded a nature photography scholarship from the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). She was selected as one of seven emerging female artists to participate in an exhibition curated by Gen Art and held in conjunction with the Sundance International Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January, and in April she received the Charley Harper Art Scholarship for Biology Students.

Steinwald, a mother of two, works with adviser Susan Hoffman (zoology) on research in wildlife genetics. Images of her artwork may be seen at


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