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Wisconsin's Great Waters Photo Contest 2018 winners announced

Published by Central Office July 3, 2018

Contact(s): Susan Tesarik, DNR Office of Great Waters water specialist, Susan.Tesarik@Wisconsin.gov, 608-267-0555.

MADISON - Nine photographers earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' tenth annual "Wisconsin's Great Waters" photography contest.

"Dawn at Cave Point"  - Photo credit: Michael Knapstein
"Dawn at Cave Point"Photo credit: Michael Knapstein

Their photos will be featured in the 16-month calendar that the DNR Office of Great Waters produces each year. A new video highlights all the winning photos. Details about the contest, along with all of this year's contest entries, can be found on the Office of Great Waters page of the DNR website.

Mark Straub of New Berlin, Michael Knapstein of Middleton, John Sullivan of La Crosse, and Cheryl Bougie of Green Bay won first place honors in the contest's four categories.

Philip Schwarz of Menomonie, Kelly Johnson of Eau Claire, John Cardamone of Bloomington IL, Scott Pearson of Eagle River, and Toben Lafrancois of Cornucopia won second place honors for their photographs.


Photographers from across Wisconsin and beyond submitted more than 200 beautiful photos of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the Mississippi River. This is the first year that the Office of Great Waters included the Mississippi River in the contest.

Along with the annual photo contest, DNR coordinates a "Wisconsin's Great Waters" writing project and received sixteen submissions this year which can be found on the Office of Great Waters website. They include descriptions of stewardship efforts, poems, short stories, and other creative pieces. This year's writing project entries will be featured in the calendar as well according to Susan Tesarik, the Office of Great Waters water specialist who coordinates the contest.

The 2018-2019 Wisconsin's Great Waters calendar will be available this later this summer at DNR regional offices and state parks.

"The annual photo contest and writing project is a fun way to share the many ways we interact with and value the Great Lakes and Mississippi River," said Office of Great Waters Director, Steve Galarneau. "As these photos and writings clearly show, the Great Lakes and Mississippi River are among Wisconsin's most cherished natural resources."

DNR's Office of Great Waters is currently accepting writings and photos of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the Mississippi River for next year's contest. "Wisconsin's Great Waters" photo contest and writing project information and submission instructions can be found on the Office of Great Waters website. Visit dnr.wi.gov and search "Great Waters Photo Contest."

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 03, 2018

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