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Great Lakes Photo Contest winners announced

Published by Central Office May 30, 2017

Contact(s): Jo Temte, DNR Office of Great Waters water specialist,, 608-267-0555

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

Their photos will be featured in a calendar available this summer at Great Lakes events and at lakeshore state parks and regional DNR offices.  

Great Lake photo contest winners
Video Credit: DNR Video
2017 winning entries

Joe Polecheck of Superior, James Brey of DePere , Christopher Suchocki of Milwaukee, and Mason Morris of Port Washington won first place honors in the contest's four categories.

Morris was awarded second place in a separate contest category. Renee Blaubach of Grafton took second place in two contest categories, and Scott Pearson of Eagle River also won second place for his photograph.

Photographers from across Wisconsin - and beyond - submitted more than 250 beautiful photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. This year's winning photos will be featured in the 2017-2018 16-month calendar that the DNR Office of Great Waters (formerly Office of Great Lakes) produces each year according to Jo Temte, the Office of Great Waters water specialist who coordinates the contest.

This is the second year that the Office of Great Waters has offered a category of Great Lakes 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 this year," said Office of Great Waters Director, Steve 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 eleven submissions that can also be found on the Office of Great Waters website.

Poems by Patricia Williams of Iola, Stephen Lars Kalmon of Withee, Marilyn Zelke-Windau of Sheboygan Falls, Karen Gersonde of Milwaukee, William Tecku of Gordon, and Lynn Polyak of Wilmington, IL, will be featured in this year's calendar.

DNR's Office of Great Waters is currently accepting 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 by searching the DNR website,, for "Great Waters Photo Contest."

Last Revised: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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