MADISON - Nine photographers from Wisconsin earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' eighth annual "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" photography contest.
Their photos will be featured in a calendar available this summer at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Joe Polecheck of Superior, Sam Purdy of Mayville, Jonathan Cody of Sauk City and Mason Morris of Port Washington won first place honors in the contest's four categories.
Polecheck was awarded second place in a separate contest category. Brian Taylor of Wausau, Paul Schultz of New Berlin, Holly Smith of Mount Horeb, Bob Gross of Ashland and Jamey Penney-Ritter of Washburn also won second place for their photographs.
This year's winning photos will be featured in the 2016-2017 16-month calendar [PDF] that DNR's Office of the Great Lakes will give out at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Aug. 4-14, 2016, according to Jo Temte, the Great Lakes office water specialist who coordinates the contest.
Photographers from across Wisconsin and beyond submitted more than 500 beautiful photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
"We are always impressed by the photos we receive," said Steve Galarneau, Office of the Great Lakes director.
New for this year's contest, the Office of the Great Lakes introduced the category of lake stewardship activities and asked participants to submit not only a photo, but a brief description of their Great Lakes project.
"We were excited to receive nine submissions in this category," said Galarneau. "We know there is a lot of great work going on to help protect and restore Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and we are happy to be able to highlight some of those projects this year."
In addition to the photo contest, DNR coordinates a "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" writing project and this year received 15 submissions which can also be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website. Poems by Patricia Williams of Iola, Breanna Mekuly of Shorewood, Deano Samens of Colfax, Marilyn Zelke-Windau of Sheboygan Falls, Jude Genereaux of Sarona, Sheila Larkin of Oconomowoc and John Bourgeois of St. Germain will be featured in this year's calendar.
DNR's Office of the Great Lakes is now accepting photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior for next year's contest. Contest information and instructions for submitting photos and writings can be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website. Search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for "Great Lakes Photo Contest."