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The 2017 Nature Photo Contest Winners have been chosen.rds.

The Winners of the 11th Annual Nature Photo Contest
held August 6 - 13, 2017 have been posted below.
This contest/exhibit is sponsored by The Goose Lake Prairie Partners &
The Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.
It is a contest for Amateur Photographers visiting Illinois State Parks
and especially Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.

Adult and Youth Divisions are available.

 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Was the Site of the Prairie Partner's Tenth Annual Nature Photography Contest/Exhibit.
Winners are announced.

Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Was the Site of the Prairie Partner's Eleventh Annual Nature Photography Contest/Exhibit. Ron Hodgen's "Waterfall of LaSalle Canyon" won Best in Show at the Nature photo Show. 

Photo entries depict the flora, fauna, and natural environment in the Illinois state parks. 88 prints were submitted on Sunday August 7th, 2016 at the GLPSNA Visitors Center.  28 prints were from the Youth Division.

Judging was held August 8th.  The judges were John Zappia, and Dr. Bob Engle, both from the Morris Camera Club and Dr. Larry Johnson.  Betty Zappia recorded points to assist in the judging. Visitors to the Center during the weekend chose the People's Choice winning photo. Goose Lake Prairie Partners and Park Staff chose the Prairie Partner winning photo.

Advertising for the contest/exhibit appeared on our FaceBook page, our Website and in the FreePress Newspapers.  Emails were sent to former contestants.


    The Goose Lake Prairie Partners thank the Morris Camera Club members who have faithfully lent assistance to our photography project.

     A special thank you to the Morris Camera Club for judging, and the Corn Festival Committee for the use of the display boards.
     From Park Staff, we thank Superintendent Duane Snow and his staff.
     We also would like to thank all our contestants and hope they will return next year with more exciting photographs.

The Nature Photo Contest
Judges for 2016

John Zappia,
Dr. Bob Engle
from the Morris Camera Club
& Dr. Larry Johnson

We thank them for giving us their time and talents
 by judging this competition.

Best of Show
was awarded to

Ron Hodgen
Morris, IL

" Waterfall of LaSalle Canyon"

Ron Hodgen Best of Show & Coor
Ron Hodgen Best of show 2016 
Best of Color Prints
Same Entry as Above.

Best of Black and White
was awarded to
Gail Peterson
Morris, Illinois

"Prairie Crafting"

Gail Peterson Best of Black and White
Gail Peterson - Best of Black & White 

Best of Youth Division
was awarded to

Ben Wollgast,
Verona, Illinois

""Rustic Reflection"

Ben Wollgast, Best of Youth
Ben Wollgast - Best of Youth 

Prairie Partner Pick
was awarded to

Rex Termain
Braidwood, IL

"Cragg Cabin"

Rex Termain - PeopleChoice & PP Pic
Rex Termain, Prairie Partner Pic 

Viewers' Choice

was awarded to

Rex Termain
Braidwood, IL

"Virginia Possum"

Rex Termain-PeopleChoice&PP Pick

Rex Termain, People's Choice 

   While collecting photos for State Park Photo Contests, do not pick or handle plants and do not handle animals on State Park Property.  Thank you for staying on designated trails.

   We feel privileged to present to you the winners of our contest. We request that you please remember that the copyright for these photographs remains with the photographers. If you wish to use a photo for any reason, please contact us and we will put you in contact with the photographer.

This contest is sponsored by the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area and the Goose Lake Prairie Partners.

Photos on this page are the property of the photographers.