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May 21, 2013

MADISON -- Nine photographers from Wisconsin and Michigan earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' Wisconsin's Great Lakes" photography contest.

Their photos will be featured in a calendar available this summer at the Wisconsin State Fair, Aug. 1-11 in West Allis. A video of the winning photos can be seen on DNR's YouTube channel.

Michael DeWitt of Ashland, Gervase Thompson of Brule, Rachel Hodges of Janesville, Priscilla Farrell of Milwaukee, and Scott Pearson of Iron River, Mich., each won first place in the contest's five categories.

Mary Lee Agnew of Milwaukee, Mark David Zahn of Green Bay and Linda Kurtz of Green Bay won second place for their photographs. Mark Straub of New Berlin and Rus Hurt of Port Wing also won second place honors for their photographs as well, and both also received honorable mention awards for other photos they submitted.

This year's winning photos will be featured in the 2013-2014 sixteen-month calendar that the DNR Office of the Great Lakes will give out at the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair, according to Jo Temte, the Great Lakes office water specialist who coordinates the contest.

Photographers from across Wisconsin as well as 12 other states and Mexico submitted nearly 500 photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, including 46 photos in this year's special category of Wisconsin's Working Lakes.

"That's a new record for our photo contest," says Steve Galarneau, Office of the Great Lakes director. "We were especially pleased to see the interest in this year's special category which focused on businesses and industries that rely on our Great Lakes and their tributaries."

DNR also coordinates a "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" Writing Project and this year received 11 submissions, which can also be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website. Writings by Marilyn Zelke-Windau of Sheboygan Falls, Karen Gersonde of Milwaukee and Adrienne S. Wallner of Kiel will be featured in this year's calendar.

The 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 by searching the DNR website for Great Lakes.


Last Revised: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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