2018 Photo Contest Entries

Erik Olsen

Invasive quagga mussels fouling the nets during spring walleye surveys in Grand Traverse Bay.

Lindsey Cox

A recently hatched monarch butterfly on dusty miller in a front porch planter box in Muncie, Indiana.

Lindsey Cox, Minnetrista

Praying mantis eating lunch of a bee on a rose in Minnetrista's Rose Garden in Muncie, Indiana

Becky Bradford

John Porter

This image from 2013 shows Natalie Kent-Norkowski of Michigan Nature Association at MNA's Green River Nature Sanctuary getting to the opposite side of the river to treat invasive species (not to treat species in the river). I have always admired Natalie as she has never shied away from difficult tasks. She has supervised me for the past 12-13 years in my role as volunteer MNA sanctuary steward at three different MNA sanctuaries.

Category: People/Stewardship

Jj D'Onofrio

An image created where Chief Blackhawk and his people are believed to have taken temporary refuge from the U.S. Army. This area is also home to many American Indian burial mounds. It is a spiritually powerful area and the image was created with an eye toward recognizing that power and respecting it.

Category: People/Stewardship

Patricia Jane Pennell

People appreciating a beautiful creature on a field trip to Michigan Nature Association's Newaygo Prairie; Anax junius, common green darner dragonfly.

Category: People/Stewardship

April Richards

Category: People/Stewardship

Virginia Van Andel

Tiger swallowtail

Category: Animals/Creatures

RICH MARTIN

The photo is actually believed to be of a Merlin although my form submission says Pileated Woodpecker........that one wasn't quite good enough to share!

Category: Animals/Creatures

Virginia Van Andel

Clearwing moths visiting monarda at the TNC Lawton MI easement

Category: Animals/Creatures

Randy Butters

Angry Birds: Male Pileated Woodpeckers normally mate for life and each pair sets up their own territory. They are known for seldom tolerating other Pileated Woodpeckers, with just some exceptions during winter. In this photo, two adult males put on threat displays in a contest of wills for claim to territory. Normally very shy, these two stuck around for a long time, striking various poses, apparently in a conversation of some intensity.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Beth Simon, Oakland Township

Green frog enjoying a bit of sunshine...

Category: Animals/Creatures

Barb Barton

At the end of a solo backpacking trip across Isle Royale in 1992 (when I was an Artist in Residence as a songwriter), I spent two days sitting on the shore of Feldman Lake. Just watching the life of the lake. On the last morning as I was packing up, I took this photo of a bull moose walking along the lakeshore near my tent. It was the last picture on my last roll of film. Not five minutes after he walked by, a mother moose and very young baby walked by...and no more film!

Category: Animals/Creatures

Royce Engle

Monarch - September 2017 birding at Montrose Point Chicago.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Barb Barton

Swamp metalmarks are the smallest butterfly in North America, and are rapidly disappearing. Sadly, they no longer occur at the location this photo was taken. I was blessed to have seen them there.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Jj D'Onofrio

Like a ghost emerging from thick brush, a White Tailed Deer takes in its surroundings.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Morgan Boyer

These two were milling around some of the wetlands around For-Mar Nature Preserve in Genesee County. I highly recommend a visit there!

Category: Animals/Creatures

Mary Pecar, New Perspective Photography

I spotted this beautiful Snowy Owl while out searching in Grand Traverse County. This majestic creature was hunting voles, and resting in the tree top between hunts. I photographed her with a 600mm lens, from a distance of about 80 feet. I observed her for a couple of hours and this is my favorite moment from that day. This image was captured late in the day, near sundown. <!--break--> Because Snowy Owls eyes do not move, they turn their head directly toward what they are looking at which can feel very intense, especially when they are staring down at you through the lens of your camera! Although this could be a juvenile male, I named it "Vanessa" because of her stark beauty and darkly barred wings and body.<!--break--> You can follow me on Facebook Page, "New Perspective Photography by Mary Pecar"

Category: Animals/Creatures

Samantha Roesler

A photograph of a Siberian Tiger at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, OH.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Britney Hayes

Photography has always been a hobby of mine. Being in Florida gave me new backgrounds and subjects to photograph.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Nicole Spehn and Andrew Monks, Loyola University Chicago

After a long day of cutting invasive hybrid cattails in Cheboygan, MI, we happened upon this tragic scene. We mourn the loss of another muskrat, engineer and steward of the marsh.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Russ Gibson

Category: Animals/Creatures

Nicole Wooten, Hudson Highlands Land Trust

A tiny eft (the adventurous teenage stage of the Eastern Red Newt) pauses to consider the camera while taking advantage of a rainy day of exploration on a conservation easement. Photo snapped by Nicole Wooten, Conservation Stewardship Manager at the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, during an annual monitoring visit.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Lindsey Cox

Springtime baby toad in gardener's hand in the Minnetrista Horticulture Department's outdoor storage bay, 2017.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Jill Henemyer

Who says oppossums aren't cute? Seen on a walk at Millennium Park, Kent County, MI Spring 2017.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Lindsey Cox

Toad in gardener's hand at the Courtyard Garden at Minnetrista in Muncie, Indiana. 2017.

Category: Animals/Creatures

Logan Rowe

Category: Animals/Creatures

Virginia Van Andel

Wooly bears appearing to eat liatris seeds in October

Category: Animals/Creatures

Lindsey Cox

Sunset on Winter Solstice in Farmland, Indiana

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Linda Prieskorn

Some days you wish you weren't the State Bird of Michigan!!! The bitter cold is just too much and this guy looks like he is begging for a warmer spot - My kitchen maybe?

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Virginia Van Andel

Turtle face tree; Black River Preserve - South West Michigan Land Conservancy

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Barb Barton

I walked out into the Grand River Fen at dawn one a misty summer morning, only to discover I had interrupted a spider holiday celebration. Webs were strung between the tamarack trees, some great distances apart. Rainbows reflected off the dew covered webs as the rays of sunlight touched them. It was breathtaking.

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Renee J Penny

Raw image (no edits or filters) from a cold November day spent surveying for phragmites by canoe on Pickerel Lake in Kalkaska County. The pictured canoe was just donated by Norman Fred of Boardman River Clean Sweep for the District to use for aquatic surveys and education purposes. Our maiden voyage went splendidly and we only found small phrag plants (Horray for a chance to eradicate on this lake!).

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Matt Demmon

Late in the day, burning at SWMLC's Hidden Pond Preserve.

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Drew Vandegrift

Life on the roof - Sedum album, MSU Hort Farm

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Scott Kiesel

This is an Oak Leaf laying on a reflective surface on the ground. The sky and anything above provide the background colors. I use a polarizing filter. This picture was taken at the Harris Nature Center in Okemos, MI.

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Philip Kukulski

Lawn encroaching on the Main Rouge River.

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Scott Kiesel

Fall leaves blow into this small pond at the Harris Nature Center in Okemos, MI. The pond freezes easily when temperatures dip capturing the leaves and creating beautiful designs on the frozen surface. I use a polarizing filter.

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Scott Kiesel

A smooth pond and a blue sky provide a colorful reflection at the Fenner Arboretum in Lansing, MI. I use a polarizing filter.

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Samantha Bohon

Sunset, Michigan City, Indiana

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Anna Weesies

Michigan Lily (Lilium michiganense)

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Stuart H Gage

A blue heron (Ardea herodias) by the wetland at our dock on Twin Lakes, Cheboygan, MI 49721. Photo taken 2017.

Category: Nature/Landscapes

David C. Tisch IG@detroitdj

High Rollways Overlook in Kingsley, Michigan. (Manistee River shown)

Category: Nature/Landscapes

Steven Aultman

Panoramic, IPhone 7

Category: Nature/Landscapes