“Get Out and Explore!” Photo Contest Winners Announced



1/29/22: Attention! All of the photo contest winners have been contacted and have received their cash and/or prizes except one. If you know a Josie Becker or an Allegheny Becker please have them contact us as soon as possible to collect their prize by emailing moosewoodnc@gmail.com.


October 12, 2021

The MooseWood Nature Center announced the winners of its 2020-21 Amateur Photography Contest today. Fifty-four entries from elementary students through adults were submitted in three categories in the first contest for the center, which was extended due to the COVID pandemic.


Winners receive cash awards and complimentary Center memberships and mugs. The winning photographs will be displayed in November with a date and time to be announced.


Click on the thumbnails below to view a larger size of the winning photograph:

Best of Show– Northern Michigan University student, Anna Nagy for her image “Nightlife at the Ore Dock,” a nighttime image of the ore carrier Herbert C. Jackson that Nagy says “encapsulates the beauty of a walk along Clark Lambros Park beach at night.”


Adult Florals and Macros (below from left to right): 1st Place– Jennifer Baringer with a close-up image entitled “Flower Fly.” Baringer indicated a love of exploring nature and taking pics of flowers. “My favorite thing is watching these precious little visitors enjoying everything these beautiful flowers have to offer,” noted Baringer. 2nd Place Danielle Adams for “Beautiful Yellow Flower,” and 3rd Place– James Paquette for the floral “Caving Ground Smiles.”

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Elementary School Florals and Macros (below from left to right): 1st Place– Graham Becker  for “Flower of Life,” and 2nd Place– Ella LaBar for “Monarch Emerged.”

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Middle and High School Floral and Macros (below): 1st Place– Aurora Gregg with an untitled piece showing autumn leaves.


Adult Landscapes (below left to right): 1st Place– Matt Schroderus for his sunset image of a paddle boarder on Teal Lake. 2nd Place– Samantha Bohon for her Newberry image of “Two-Hearted River Reflection,” and 3rd Place– Ossie Weinert with his Kingsford Image “Autumn Flows.”

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Elementary Landscape (below from left to right): 1st Place– Josie Becker with her image entitled “Windy Day.” Becker identified the photo as being of a little pond off the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. “I like how calm the environment looks. The wind was blowing softly, so the pond has small ripples,” Becker said. 2nd Place– Ella LaBar was a repeat winner with “Summer on the Carp River.”


Middle and High School Landscape (below from left to right): 1st Place– Hayden Kazerooni with “The Lesser-Known Arch,” taken on Mackinac Island, and 2nd Place– Esme Ulland-Joy for “Sunset at Sunset Point.”

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Adult Wildlife (below from left to right): 1st Place– Melanie Nebbeling for her image titled “Sleepy Snowy Owl,” taken in a park in downstate Milford. 2nd Place– Angela Krzyskowski for “Deer in Snow,” also photographed in Milford, and 3rd Place– Matthew Stephens for “Curious Munching Cottontail.”

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