Genetics student receives UW–Madison Global Day Photo Contest Winner award


Brenen Skalitzky holding his "Eyes of the Connection" photo while smilingBrenen Reid Skalitzky received the UW–Madison Global Day Photo Contest Winner award for his “Eyes of the Connection” picture. He took the picture in Costa Rica while participating in the UW Banking Animal Biodiversity program, led by Professor and Department Chair Francisco Pelegri.


Photo of a red-eyed tree frog sitting at a stick while looking directly at the camera.
“Eyes of the Connection” by Brenen Skalitzky

He writes about his experience in his description of the photo: “While participating in the UW Signature Program ‘UW Banking Animal Biodiversity in Costa Rica’ in Spring 2023, I captured a photo of student Emily Olvey curiously observing the iconic, red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). This photo was taken at a nature reserve in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, and demonstrates the excitement and focus of our trip, which aimed to promote the conservation of these precious species and the maintenance of biodiversity in the region.”