November 23, 2010
MADISON -- Photographs featuring Wisconsin waters of Lake Michigan or Lake Superior are now being accepted for the Great Lakes photo contest. Winning images are featured in a full-color calendar handed out at the Wisconsin State Fair at the Department of Natural Resources exhibit.
Photos of the two Great Lakes can be submitted in any of four categories: Natural Features and Wildlife, Cultural and Historic Features, People Enjoying Wisconsin's Great Lakes, and Lake Protection Activities. Photos must be taken in Wisconsin, but anyone may enter the contest. Photo submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2011.
"The contest and the calendar we create from the winning entries are becoming very popular and we're hoping for an even bigger response this year," says Steve Galareau, who direct's the DNR's Office of the Great Lakes. "It's obvious that people feel a connection to Wisconsin's Great Lakes and their photos and writings really show it."
Last year, the DNR received more than 200 entries from photographers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, and Arizona for the 2009-2010 Great Lakes Calendar (pdf; 3.06MB). The youngest 'top ten' photographer was just 13 years old, noted contest coordinator Jo Temte.
In addition to the photo contest, the Office of the Great Lakes is also seeking Great Lakes writing submissions. Writings may be used in the calendar as well as other publications, website and displays. Last year's Great Lakes Writing Project brought in nine poems and one essay, all of which can be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website.
More information about photo and writing submissions is availbel on the Office of the Great Lakes page of the DNR website.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jo Temte, Water Resources Management Specialist, Office of the Great Lakes (608) 267-0555