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

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The Dates for the 2016 - 10th Annual Photo Contest/Exhibit will be announced soon:

Please note that it is the position of the committee that the photos be taken in State Parks in Illinois and that one category in particular is Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area scenes.

The Winners of the 9th Annual Nature Photo Contest
held August 16 - 23, 2015 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.

Contest Results for the 8th Annual Nature Photo Contest, 2015

The amateur Photo Contest is held every August at the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area on Pine Bluff Road at Jugtown Road in east Grundy County. It is orchestrated by the volunteer organization called Goose Lake Prairie Partners, with a great deal of assistance from the Morris Camera Club and the GLPSNA staff.  

Photo entries are to depict the flora, fauna, and natural environment in the Parks in the state of Illinois. 95 prints were submitted on Sunday August 16th at the Goose Lake Prairie Visitors Center on N. Jugtown Road.  

Judging was held Thursday evening (August 20) by a panel of experts assembled by the Morris Camera Club. Winners were announced Saturday morning, and all of the photos were on display at the Visitors Center through the weekend.

We thank those who made donations of any kind.



   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 remain 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.

    The Goose Lake Prairie Partners thank the Morris Camera Club members who have faithfully lent assistance to our photography project. By the way, this is a great group to join to learn more about photography.

     A special thank you to John and Betty Zappia and Denise Rogers. 
     From Park Staff, we thank Superintendent Duane Snow, Eric Miller, Mike Davis, Jeff Watchinski, Ed Kopeshke, and Gary McConnell.

     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 2015

Brittany Dettmann of the Morris Camera Club
Denise Rogers of the Morris Camera Club
Dr. Robert Engle of the Morris Camera Club.

We thank them for giving us their time
and talents by judging this competition.
Click  thumbnails for a look at the exhibit boards:            
 Winners Board  Exhibit Board 1  Exhibit Board 2
Winners             Exhibit #1               Exhibit #2      
Exhibit #6
Exhibit #6    
                             All photos entered are on these boards.
Exhibit #3   Exhibit #4  Exhibit #5
   Exhibit # 3               Exhibit #4             Exhibit #5
Exhibit #7Thumbnails take you off site.  Click the back arrow, upper left hand corner of your browser, to return to the photo contest page.

Exhibit #7

Best of Show
was awarded to

Rex Termain
Braidwood, IL

"GLPSNA Burn 2015"

Rex with his winning Best of Show, Best of Color
Best of Show and Best of Color by Rex Termain of Braidwood, IL
Best of Color Prints
Same Entry as Above.

Best of Black and White
was awarded to
Wendy Rossi
Morris, Illinois

"Tools of the Past"

Wendy with her winning Best of Black and White Photo

Wendy Rossi took Best in Black and White

Best of Youth Division
was awarded to

Olivia Kosla,
Northbrook, Illinois

"Ice Reflection"

Olivia took Best in Youth with her Black and White photograph
"Ice Reflections" by Olivia was considered the Best in Show of the Youth competition. 

Prairie Partner Pick
was awarded to

Becky Sipple,
Morris, IL

"There's A Boy In Our Washtub"

Becky Sipple won Prairie Partner Pick with a PHoto from Cabin Festival 2015.

Becky Sipple was rewarded Prairie Partners Choice with her photo There's a Boy in our washtub.

Viewers' Choice

was awarded to

Ron Hodgen
Morris, IL

"LaSalle Canyon Waterfalls"
Ron Hodgen won the People's Choice Award.  The competition was fierce this year.
Ron Hodgen won with his photo "LaSalle Canyon Waterfalls."  People's choice competition was fierce this year.

The materials for the 10th Annual Natural Photo contest/exhibit
 will be reviewed and made available here: 

Flyer 2015 Rules 2015 Photo label (3 Per Page)

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.