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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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15th Annual Nature Photo Show  TOP
August 1 - August 8, 2021
August 1 (Sunday) Noon – 3:00 p.m. Accept photo entries
August ? (?) 6:00 p.m. Judging
August 6 (Friday) Partners prepare exhibit.
August 7-8 (Sat-Sun) Exhibit Days during Visitor Center hours.
August 8 (Sunday) Exhibit closes 3:00 p.m. Photo pick-up 3:30-4:00 p.m.
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14th Annual Photo Contest Flyer     14th Annual Contest Rules    Entry Form

This contest/exhibit is sponsored by The Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
& The Goose Lake Prairie Partners.
It is a contest for Amateur Photographers visiting Illinois State Parks, Lands or Areas,
and especially Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.
Also photos must be taken in National Parks in Illinois.

 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
Was the Site of the Prairie Partner's
Fourteenth Annual Nature Photography Contest/Exhibit 2020.

Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Was the Site of the Prairie Partner's Eleventh Annual Nature Photography Contest/Exhibit. Sunday August 4, prints were submitted; August 5, prints were judged; August 7, the prints were hung for the exhibit, and Saturday and Sunday August 8-9, the prints were on display and those winning ribbons had been designated as such. It was a very busy week for the Prairie Partners.

Photo entries depict the flora, fauna, and natural environment in the Illinois state parks. A Total of 55 prints were submitted on Sunday August 5th, 2018 at the GLPSNA Visitors Center.  7 prints were from the Youth Division. 1 Print was entered in the Advanced HDR/Computer Enhanced Division

Judging was held August 5th.  The judges were John Zappia, and Dr. Bob Engle, both from the Morris Photography 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 assisted the judges.

Blue Ribbon Winners Photos can be accessed here and Paper Ribbon Winners Photos can be accessed here in video format.  Click here for the Winners Report in PDF.                  
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Advertising for the contest/exhibit appeared on our FaceBook page, our Website, the FreePress Newspapers and the Morris Herald Newspaper. 

Past Downloads:

    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 the 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 2020

John Zappia,
Dr. Bob Engle
from the Morris Photography 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
Mark Hanna
Romeoville, IL

" Green Herron"

Mark Hanna - 2020 Show Winner
"Green Herron" - Mark Hanna-Best of Show Adult 

Youth Best of Show
was awarded to

Dakota Dixon
Morris, IL

"What Are You
Looking At"

Dakota Dixon-2020 Show Winner
"What Are You Looking At?" - Dakota Dixon, Best of Show, Youth 2020 

Prairie Partner Pick
was awarded to

Susie Johnson
Morris, Illinois

"Tanning Day"

 "Tanning Day" - Susie Johnson-Prairie Partner Pick 2020

Adult People's Choice
was awarded to

Mark Hanna
Romeoville, IL

"It's Hard Being Green"

Mark Hanna - 2020 Show Winner
"It's Hard Being Green" - Mark Hanna, Visitor's Choce Adult - 2020 

Youth People's Choice
was awarded to

Ben Wollgast
Verona, IL


Ben Wollgast - 2020 Show Winner
"Butterflower" - Ben Wolgast - Visitor's Choice Youth, 2020 

Best of
Computer Enhanced

was awarded to
Ron Hodgen
Romeoville, IL

"Snow at the Cabin"

Ron Hodgen - 2020 Show Winner
"Snow At The Cabin" - Ron Hodgen - Computer Enhanced 2020 
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   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
with assistance from the Morris Photography Club.
Meetings for the Club are held in the City Hall Community Room in Morris,
Meetings start at 7:15 p.m. Guests and Visitors will be welcome. Enter at the South Entrance.

Photos on this page are the property of the photographers.
Page last updated - August 17, 2020