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134th Annual Nature Photo Show  TOP
August 2 - August 9, 2020
August 2 (Sunday) Noon – 3:00 p.m. Accept photo entries
August _________ 6:00 p.m. Judging (date to be determined.)
August 7 (Friday) Partners prepare exhibit.
August 8 - 9 (Sat-Sun) Exhibit Days during Visitor Center hours.
August 9 (Sunday) Exhibit closes 3:00 p.m. Photo pick-up 3:30-4:00 p.m.
14th Annual Photo Contest Flyer     14th Annual Contest Rules
     Entry Forms

2019 Nature Photo Contest Results
Click here for the Winner's Slide show.
Click here for Winning Photos.

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 taken in National Parks in Illinois.

 Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Was the Site of the Prairie Partner's Thirteenth Annual Nature Photography Contest/Exhibit 2019.  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 7, prints were judged; August 9, the prints were hung for the exhibit, and Saturday and Sunday August 11-12, 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. 105 prints were submitted on Sunday August 5th, 2018 at the GLPSNA Visitors Center.  18 prints were from the Youth Division.

Judging was held August 7th.  The judges were John Zappia, and Dr. Bob Engle, both from the Morris Camera 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.

Advertising for the contest/exhibit appeared on our FaceBook page, our Website, the FreePress Newspapers and the Morris Herald Newspaper.  The FreePress Newspapers and the Morris Herald Newspaper featured the article on the Winners of the Competition. 

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    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 2018

John Zappia,
Dr. Bob Engle
from the Morris Camera 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
Tom Holmes
Bourbonna, IL

" Rock Creek Sunset"

Portrait of Tom Holmes
Adult Best in Show

Youth Best of Show

was awarded to
Sarah Rossi
Morris, IL

" At the Dock"

Youth Best in Show
Youth Best in Show

Prairie Partner Pick
was awarded to
Becky Sipple
Morris, Illinois

"Wild Turk's Cap Lily: Great Expectations"

Prairie Partner Pick
Prairie Partner Pick

Adult People's Choice
was awarded to
John Sullivan III
Crest Hill, IL

"Dinner Time"

Adult People's Choice

Adult People's Choice

Youth People's Choice

was awarded to

Sarah Rossi
Morris, IL


Youth People's Choice
Youth People's Choice

Best of
Computer Enhanced

was awarded to
Wendy Rossi
Morris, IL

" Hidden"

Best of Computer Enhanced
Best of Computer Enhanced
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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.

Photos on this page are the property of the photographers.