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May 19, 2015

MADISON -- Six photographers from Wisconsin earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources' seventh annual Wisconsin's Great Lakes photography contest.

The winning photos will be featured in a calendar available this summer at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Dan Patrinos and Julian Kegel, both of Milwaukee, Mason Morris of Port Washington and Bob Ford of Ashland won first place honors in the contest's four categories. Morris was a fist place winner in two contest categories. Kegel also won a second place honor, as did Edward Deiro of St. Francis and Christopher Rand of Kewaunee.

This year's winning photos will be featured in the 2015-2016 16 month calendar that DNR's Office of the Great Lakes will give out at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Aug. 6-16, 2015, said Jo Temte, the Great Lakes office water specialist who coordinates the contest.

The winners were among photographers from across Wisconsin and beyond who submitted more than 500 beautiful photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, said Steve Galarneau, Office of the Great Lakes director.

New for next year's contest, the Office of the Great Lakes will introduce the category of lake stewardship activities and will ask participants to submit not only a photo, but a brief description of their Great Lakes project.

"We know there is a lot of good work going on for the protection and restoration of Lake Michigan and Superior," said Galarneau. "Our new category will give people involved in these projects a chance to tell their stories."

DNR also coordinates a "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" writing project and this year received 23 submissions that also can also be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website. Writings by Patricia Williams of Iola, Robby DeGraff of Bayside, John Bourgeois of St. Germain, Charles Rossiter of Oak Park, Ill., and Chris Turek of Anchorage, Alasaka 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 by searching the DNR website, for "Great Lakes Photo Contest."


Last Revised: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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