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Winners of Volo Bog photo contest announced

INGLESIDE – The winners of the Volo Bog State Natural Area’s 35th annual Nature Photo Contest are being displayed in the VBSNA Visitor Center.

The winning photos also can be viewed at FriendsofVoloBog.org.

The photos will remain on display in the Visitor Center through Feb. 27, when ribbons and plaques will be presented to the photographers.

The annual competition and show is presented each year by Volo Bog State Natural Area, the Friends of Volo Bog and the ShutterBugs of Volo Bog.

A total of 151 entries submitted by 17 photographers were entered in 10 categories. Visitors to the State Natural Area from Oct. 23 to Jan. 7 were asked to vote for their favorite photos in each category and for their overall favorite photo. First-, second- and third-place ribbons were awarded to the top vote recipients in each category. A plaque was awarded to first place in each category, as well as to the two bests of show – the People’s Choice and Judges’ Award.

Best of show winner

People’s Choice and Judges’ Award: Ken Olsen of Palatine, “Tastes Like Chicken”

Color Birds

1st: Ken Olsen of Palatine, “Tastes Like Chicken”

2nd: Sari Nienaber of Lexington, Kentucky, “Snow Day”

3rd: Paul McFadden of Crystal Lake, “An Eye for Pink”

Color Vertebrate OTB (Other than Birds)

1st: Paul McFadden of Crystal Lake, “Like a Vacuum Cleaner”

2nd: Stacey Greenhill of Wheeling, “Peek-a-Boo”

3rd: Stacey Greenhill of Wheeling, “Unhappy Model”

Black & White Animal

1st: Stacey Greenhill of Wheeling, “Double Vision”

2nd: Michael Schmitt of Grayslake, “Great Egret”

3rd: Michael Schmitt of Grayslake, “McHenry Dam Eagle”

Black & White Plant/Landscape

1st: Michael Schmitt of Grayslake, “Dew Drops”

2nd: Anthony Roma of Gurnee, “Inside the Overhang”

3rd: Anthony Roma of Gurnee, “Bond Falls

Color Landscape

1st: Deanna Moran of Lake Barrington, “Touched by a Rainbow”

2nd: John Berwanger of Winnetka, “Autumn Reflections”

3rd: Paul McFadden of Crystal Lake, “Sun Smoke”

Color Plant

1st: Sari Nienaber of Lexington, Kentucky, “Blue-eyed Mary”

2nd: Deanna Moran of Lake Barrington, “Pink Lady’s Slipper”

3rd: Bob Remedi of Gurnee, “Trillium”

Color Fungus

1st: James Hojnacki of Hoffman Estates, “Jack-o-Lantern”

2nd: Deanna Moran of Lake Barrington, “Be Still and Rest”

3rd: Stacey Greenhill of Wheeling, “Small World”

Macro

1st: Michael Schmitt of Grayslake, “Common Lomatium”

2nd: Anonymous photographer, “Lilliputian Autumn”

3rd: John Berwanger of Winnetka, “Berry Refractor”

Beyond the Midwest

1st: Michael Schmitt of Grayslake, “Florida Great Egret”

2nd: James Hojnacki of Hoffman Estates, “Yellowstone Sunrise”

3rd: Anthony Roma of Gurnee, “Death Valley Wild Horses”

Color Invertebrate

1st: Michael Schmitt of Grayslake, “American Rubyspot”

2nd: Sari Nienaber of Lexington, Kentucky, “Abundance of Food”

3rd: Paul McFadden of Crystal Lake, “Web Eyes”

Volo Bog State Natural Area’s annual Nature Photo Contest runs from mid-October through the Friday preceding the second Sunday each January. Entry forms become available each September.

Email dnr.volobog@illinois.gov to request information about the contest.

The Friends of Volo Bog is a nonrprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For information, visit FriendsofVoloBog.org.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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