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Cole Soldo’s photo of a swallow-tail gull was one of two 2016 Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland Photo Contest top-place winners.

Cole Soldo’s photos of a swallow-tailed gull and Arctic tern were selected as grand prize winners of the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland 2016 Photo Contest. A rising senior majoring in environmental studies at Hiram College, Soldo received his award at the local Audubon Society’s annual meeting held June 4 at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

Soldo of Cincinnati shot his photo of the swallow-tailed gull at the Galápagos Islands while he was on a Hiram College study-abroad trip there. He snapped his other winning photo – that of an Arctic tern – during a visit to Iceland with his father, Ed Soldo, an interpretive naturalist/photographer for the National Park System.

 An active member of Hiram’s Sustainability Club, Soldo currently works as an

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Cole Soldo snapped this grand prize-winning photo of an Arctic tern during a visit to Iceland.

as an intern for the Cincinnati Zoo on a variety of conservation projects. As a Hiram College SEED Scholar, Soldo also is engaged in several environmental, social and economic sustainability issues.

 “I owe Hiram a lot as far as fostering my love of nature and sustainability issues,” says Solo, pointing to his mentors professors Michael Benedict, Jenn Clark and Sarah Mabey and Emiliss Ricks, steward of the James H. Barrow Field Station where Soldo served as an intern during his first year of college.

First prize photo contest honors went to Daniel Zaas, Doug Bryant, Rob Swaney and Brad Imhoff; second to Kathleen Price, Mary Defer, Irene Reti and Lauren Tullis; and third to Ann Sonnendecker, Kay Petey, Kathy Cochran and Witt.

See Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter and columnist James McCarty’s story.