Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Great Lakes photo contest winners announced

MADISON - Six photographers from Wisconsin earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources’ inaugural “Discover Wisconsin’s Great Lakes” photography contest and will have their work featured in a calendar available this summer.

Shirley Birr of Suring, Thomas Ferrella of Madison, Jim Raiten of Manitowoc, Eric Poggemann of Fredonia, Robert E. Rolley of Madison, and Gervase Thompson of Brule all received either first or second place honors in the contest’s four categories.

Their photos will be featured in the 2009-2010 16-month calendar that DNR’s Office of the Great Lakes, which sponsored the contest, will give out at the 2009 Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Aug. 6-16, according to Jo Temte, the Great Lakes office water specialist who coordinated the contest.

The photos appearing in the calendar are available on the DNR Web site.

“We were thrilled with the interest in the contest and with the beautiful images these photographers shared,” Temte says. “The photos clearly show that the Great Lakes are among Wisconsin’s most scenic and beloved natural resources.”

Photographers from across Wisconsin as well as from Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, California and Germany submitted more than 170 photos from August 2008 through February 2009. The DNR also had asked for submissions from Wisconsin authors and received three poems and one song.

The Office of the Great Lakes plans to hold the contest annually and will begin accepting photos for next year’s contest Aug. 6, 2009.


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