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Goose Lake Prairie Partners
Volunteers at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
5010 N. Jugtown Road off Pine Bluff Road, Morris, IL 60450

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The 2017 Nature Photo Contest will be held August 6 - August 12.

Forms are available as of May 1, 2017

Click here for the 2017 Photo Contest Flyer.    Click here for the Rules of the 2017 contest.  Click here for the forms to mount on the back of your Mat Boards.

11th Annual Nature Photography Contest & Exhibit Coming Soon

--Be reminded photos are to be taken in Illinois State Parks--
Sunday August 6th - Matted Photos are submitted to the Photo Committee
from Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Following the Judging, the photos will be on exhibit Saturday
August 12th and Sunday August 13th
Exhibit will be at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
Visitors Center during open hours.
DATES: Bring matted entries to the Visitor’s Center at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
(5010 N. Jugtown Road, Morris, IL) on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 12:00 o'clock Noon until
3:00 p.m. The first 100 entries are guaranteed acceptance. Please note all photos must be
matted. Mat board must be 11 X 14 inches. Photographs secured to the mat board can be
from 5 X 7 inches to 11 X 14 inches. Labels downloaded from the website must be secured on
the back side of the photo.
Entry into the photo contest implies permission to use entered photo(s) in IDNR and
affiliated publications, in general circulation publications and in non-profit fund-raising
activities without compensation to the photographer.
EXHIBIT: Photos will be exhibited August 12 and 13 in the Visitor’s Center from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Display will close at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 13 at which time the People's Choice Award
will be determined and display will be removed. Photos may be picked up on Sunday, August 13
from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. If pickup cannot be accomplished on this date, call (815) 942-2899 to
arrange pickup.
After September 1, photos remaining will become the property of GLPSNA and GL Prairie Partners.

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

The Winners of the 10th Annual Nature Photo Contest
held August 7 - 14, 2016 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 Tenth Annual Nature Photography Contest/Exhibit. Ron Hodgen's "Wagon Sunset" won Best in Show at the Nature photo Show. 

Photo entries depict the flora, fauna, and natural environment in the Illinois state parks. 74 prints were submitted on Sunday August 7th, 2016 at the GLPSNA Visitors Center.  Two prints were from the Youth Division.

Judging was held August 10th.  The judges were John Zappia, Betty Zappia and Bob Engle of Morris Camera Club. Visitors to the Center during the weekend chose the People's Choice winning photo. Goose Lake Prairie Partners chose the Prairie Partner winning photo.

We thank the FreePress for supporting this activity with ads in their paper.
We thank the Morris Daily Herald for supporting this activity with ads in their paper.


    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 Eric Miller.
     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,
Betty Zappia
 Bob Engle
from the Morris Camera Club

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

Best of Show
was awarded to

Ron Hodgen
Morris, IL

"Wagon Sunset"

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Best of Show, Best of Color 2016
Best of Color Prints
Same Entry as Above.

Best of Black and White
was awarded to
Janet Schleeter
Channahon, Illinois

"Song Sparrow"

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Best of Black and White, 2015

Best of Youth Division
was awarded to

Griffyn Cowell,
Morris, Illinois

"Windy Hill"
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Best of Youth

Prairie Partner Pick
was awarded to

Erica Cowell
Morris, IL

"The Boys"

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 Prairie Partner Pick 2016

Viewers' Choice

was awarded to

Rex Termain
Braidwood, IL

"Lazy Squirrel"

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Viewer's choice 2016

   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.