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Final light

Final Light
Apostle Islands
Photo credit: Paul Schultz

1st Lighthouse

1st Lighthouse
Bailey’s Harbor
Photo credit: Jonathan Cody

about Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their watersheds.
your Great Waters photos and writings.

Breakwater Bodyguards

Breakwater Bodyguards
Port Washington
Photo credit: Mason Morris

Contact information
For more information, please contact:
Susan Tesarik
Office of Great Waters

Wisconsin's Great Lakes 2016 photo and writing contest

More than 500 beautiful photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior were submitted to the Office of the Great Lakes' annual photo contest. Winning photographs are featured in the 2016-2017 "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" calendar.

Winning photographers for 2016

Natural features and wildlife

1st Place:
Sam Purdy – Mayville, WI
2nd Place (tie):

Paul Schultz – New Berlin, WI
Joe Polecheck – Superior, WI
Honorable Mention:
Dan Fearing, Marc Ponto, David Heilman, Scott Pearson, Lisa Lehmann, Ruth Harker, Joel Berenbaum

People enjoying Wisconsin's Great Lakes

1st Place:
Jonathan Cody – Sauk City, WI
2nd Place:
Holly Smith – Mt. Horeb, WI
Honorable Mention:
Reggie Gauger, Brenda R. Jones (2 photos), Mark Charbonneau, Patrick Ball, James Peacock, Shelby Chmielewski, Carol Toepke

Cultural and historic features

1st Place:
Joe Polecheck – Superior, WI
2nd Place:
Brian Taylor – Wausau, WI
Honorable Mention:
Mark Straub, Karen Alesch, Paul Schultz, Carol Toepke, Jamie Grunewald, Sam Purdy, Mark Adsit, Edward Deiro

Great Lakes stewardship

1st Place:
Mason Morris – Port Washington, WI
2nd place (tie):

Bob Gross – Ashland, WI
Jamey Penney-Ritter – Washburn, WI

Check out the winning photos and this year's Wisconsin's Great Lakes calendar.

Eligible photo submissions

We received more than 500 beautiful photographs of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Photos were submitted in four categories. Submissions were judged by a panel of DNR employees. Winning photos in each category were featured in our annual "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" calendar.

Each category is a separate pdf file and each page corresponds to one submission.

Thank you to everyone who shared their photography talent with us!

Writing project submissions

We received 14 lovely poems from Wisconsin authors. A sampling of their work will appear in our annual "Wisconsin's Great Lakes" calendar.

Thank you, writers, for sharing your talent with us.

Last revised: Thursday June 07 2018