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 August 4 - August 11, 2019 Nature Photo Show 
2019 Flyer      2019 Rules Sheet,      Entry Form

Categories have changed.
Adult and Youth Divisions are available as well as a Computer Enhanced Division.

2018 Nature Photo Contest Results: Click here for the Winner's Slide show. Click here for Winning Photos. Click here for the List of Winners and Photos Titles

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, Lands or Areas,
and especially Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.
Also photos taken in National Parks in Illinois.

 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Was the Site of the Prairie Partner's Twelfth Annual Nature Photography Contest/Exhibit 2018.
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 "Prairie Life" photograph from the Goose Lake Prairie state Natural Area Catagory won Best in Show of the Adult Division at the Nature photo Show.  George Dalen's "Wheel of the Past" from the Goose Lake Prairie state Natural Area Catagory in the Youth Division was also awarded the Youth Best of Show.

Photo entries depict the flora, fauna, and natural environment in the Illinois state parks. 78 prints were submitted on Sunday August 5th, 2018 at the GLPSNA Visitors Center.  13 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. 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 Pick.

Goose Lake Prairie Partners Jackie Martin, Bev Mansfield, Becky Sipple, Susie Johnson, Char McDade, Rex Termain, and Betty Zappia (Morris Camera Club) assisted the judges.

Advertising for the contest/exhibit appeared on our FaceBook page, our Website, the FreePress Newspapers and the Morris Herald Newspaper. 


    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. Click here for the description of the new display easels used in this years exhibit.
     We thank Superintendent Cody Alger and his staff for their assistance.
     We would like to thank all our contestants and hope they will return next year with more exciting photographs.

The Nature Photo Contest
Judges for 2018

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.

Adult Best of Show
was awarded to
Ron Hodgen
Morris, IL

" Prairie Past"
Portrait of Ron with "Prairie Life"
Winner of Best in Show in the Adult Division

Youth Best of Show

was awarded to
George Dalen
Manhatten, IL

" Wheel of the Past"
Youth Best of Show
Best of Show in the Youth Division

Prairie Partner Pick
was awarded to
Becky Sipple
Morris, Illinois

"Wild Turk's Cap Lily"

Photo & Portrait
Prairie Partner Pick

Adult People's Choice
was awarded to
Rex Termain
Braidwood, Illinois

"Double Crested Cormorant With Fish"

Adult People's Choice Award

"Double Crested Cormorant With Fish" by Rex Termain

Youth People's Choice

was awarded to

George Dalen,
Manhattan, Illinois

"Wheel of the Past"
Youth Best of Show
People's Choice  in the Youth Division

Best of
Computer Enhanced

was awarded to
Ron Hodgen
Morris, IL

" St. Louis Canyon Waterfall"

Computer Enhanced Division
Computer Enhanced Division

   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.