Friends of CONWR 2016 Wildlife and Wild Places Photo Contest
Committee Report -
The Friends of CONWR 2016 Wildlife and Wild Places Photo Contest awards reception was held at the Visitor’s Center on Sunday, November 6. Attendance filled the auditorium where winners and all submissions were recognized and on display.
This year 138 entries were submitted with 23 winning photos in five categories including Wildlife; Landscape Scenic; Flowers/Plants/Trees/Fungi; Youth; and Taken on the Refuge. The photo contest committee was very pleased to have received 35 youth submissions, and encourage more youth to observe and image southern Illinois wildlife, plants & landscapes.
Awards included cash, gift certificates, prizes & ribbons for Best in Show, Refuge Choice and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place and Honorable Mention in each category. Winning photographers were recognized at the awards reception and winning photos were on display at the Visitors Center through November. For winners who did not attend prizes can be claimed at the Visitor’s Center.
These photos evidence the abundant natural resources of southern Illinois as a wildlife and recreation destination. They captured magical moments and represent the scenic sights to enjoy on the Refuge and in the region. Photos were imaged for display on the Friend’s website.
This years photo contest committee consisted of three Friend’s Board members, Ron Hamberg, Chair, Jo Dodd and Fred Isberner. Thanks to Friends’ Board Members Rose Howerton, & Linda May for providing refreshments. Thanks also to our judges for sharing their time and expertise. They reviewed each photograph and made the tough decisions. Thank you Susie Phillips, Dick Lawson, David Hammond & Felicia Hamberg. The Refuge Choice was the selection of the Refuge Rangers & Staff.
Thanks also to the Refuge rangers, staff and volunteers for supporting this event. Thanks again to our photographers and we look forward to seeing you on the Refuge.
As Ron Hamburg and Jo Dodd have resigned from the Photo Contest Committee, the Friends Board thanks them for their years of service in organizing and conducting the contest. The Board is also seeking volunteers interested in serving on this committee. Duties include distributing contest rules and announcements, scheduling judges, and organizing the awards reception.
2016 Photo Contest Winners
Best in Show Jim Farris "Old Tracks"
Refuge Choice Jim Osborne "Bobcat"
1st Place Kelsee Dodd "I See You"
2nd Place Jayli Young "Pathway"
3rd Place Kelsee Dodd "Who’s the Pretty Bird"
Honorable Mention Olivia Drew "Yellow Tiger Butterfly"
Honorable Mention Olivia Drew "Baby Deer"
1st Place Jeremy Schumacher "Aliens Exist"
2nd Place Carla Trill "Nest Making Bluebird"
3rd Place Miriam Link-
Honorable Mention Myers Walker "Butterfly #1"
1st Place Jeremy Schumacher "Cascade"
2nd Place Debbie Bradley "Reflections"
3rd Place Myers Walker "Deer in Union Hills"
Honorable Mention Jim Starnes "Autumn Morning"
1st Place Carolyn Powers "Only in Spring"
2nd Place Julie Weinerts "Tree Bark"
3rd Place Miriam Link-
Honorable Mention Jim Farris "Lotus Flower"
Taken on the Refuge
1st Place Valeria Freiboth "Gotcha"
2nd Place Ron Clark "Snack Time"
3rd Place Don Mullison "A Ripple in Time"
Honorable Mention Ron Clark "Chillin’"