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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 Dates for the 2015 Annual Photo Contest/Exhibit are as follows:

August 16 (Sunday)

Noon – 3:00 p.m. Accept photo entries.

August 20 (Thursday)

6:00 p.m. Closed contest Judging in Auditorium.

August 21 (Friday)

Partners Prepare exhibit.

August 22—23 (Sat-Sun)

Exhibit Days during Center hours.

August 23 (Sunday)

Exhibit Closes 3:30 p.m. --   4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Photo pick up.

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 materials for the 9th Annual Natural Photo contest/exhibit
were updated (Feb 10, 2015) and are available here: 

Flyer 2015 Rules 2015 Photo label (3 Per Page)

The Winners of the 8th Annual Nature Photo Contest
held August 17 - 24, 2014 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, 2014

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.  

Photo entries are to depict the flora, fauna, and natural environment in the Parks in the state of Illinois. 84 prints were submitted on Sunday August 17th at the Goose Lake Prairie Visitors Center on N. Jugtown Road.  

Judging was held Thursday evening (August 21) 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.


  • 2014 Press Release. NEW

  • Please click here for a PDF document of the Winners for the 8th Annual Judging Competition NEW

  • Click here to view the 8th Annual Nature Photograph Contest Album 2014 of the ribboned entries. NEW

  • Please click here for a PDF document listing of the winners for the 7th Annual Judging Competition.

  • Click here to View the 7th Annual Nature Photograph Contest 2013  Album of the ribboned entries.


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. 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 Joe Giacone, Ed Kopeshke, and Gary McConnell.

     We also would like to thank all our contestants and hope they return next year.   

The Nature Photo Contest Judges for 2014

Brittany Benson of the Morris Camera Club
Denise Rogers of the Morris Camera Club
Robert Englewood of the Morris Camera Club.

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

Best of Show
was awarded to

Gerald Diederich
Morris, Illinois

"Scarlet Tanager"
Best of Show, Best of Color Photographer

Best of Color Prints
Same Entry as Above.

Best of Black and White
was awarded to
Ronald Hodgen
Channahon, Illinois

"Two Wagon Wheels"
Ronald Hodgen

Best of Black and White Prints

Best of Youth Division
was awarded to

Olivia Kosla,
Northbrook, Illinois

"Sunset on K3"

Best of Youth Division

 Best of Youth Division

Prairie Partner Pick
was awarded to

Stacy Legg,
Diamond, IL

"The Cabin"

Prairie Partner Pick

Prairie Partner Pick

Viewers' Choice

was awarded to

John Sullivan III,
Crest Hill, Illinois


Viewer's Choice Award

Viewer's Choice Award

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.