Wild Ones held its first annual photo contest in conjunction with the annual meeting and St Louis Chapters native plant conference.
In all, there were 24 entries from throughout our membership. Although we couldnt award a prize to everyone entering the contest, it was a great display and all photographers deserve our compliments for their fine work. We are looking forward to a bigger list of entries and winners for 2004 which is our 25th anniversary celebration.
Besides the usual prized ribbons, the 2004 Winners received a variety of prizes.
Grand Prize winners received gift certificates from Prairie Nursery of Westfield, Wisconsin:
1st - $100: Mary Kuller of Rock River (IL)Valley with Chinese Fog (Euonymus atropurpurpeus - Wahoo). This photo came from Marys wooded backyard and was taken with a Canon ELPH digital camera. Marys said says she feels blessed with a wonderful woodland setting and have attempted to keep it as native as possible (no lawn).
2nd - $50: John Arthur & Pamela Deerwood of Twin Cities (MN) Chapter sent Whitefaced Meadowhawk on Liatris. This photo was taken in John and Pams backyard with an Olympus E-20, 80 speed.
3rd - $25: John Everett who is a Wild Ones partner-at-large from Florida shot A Tiger Becomes Prey at the Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Category winners received a variety products from Wild Ones yard signs and books.
Native Insects & Bugs Category:
1st: John Arthur & Pamela Deerwood Whitefaced Meadowhawk on Liatris
2nd: John Everett A Tiger Becomes Prey
3rd: Donna Brunet of Mid-Missouri (MO) Chapter Courting Sachems on Ox-Eye Sunflower
1st: Marilyn Stroud of Fox Valley Area (WI) Chapter Shooting Star of Springtime. Taken in the native woodland remnant in her back forty, Marilyn shot this photo with a Minolta 5000i with a close-up lenses using Kodak Max 800. Marilyn says shes LOVED these shooting stars since she married and moved to this site 30 years ago. They grow on a wet hill in the woods where the rock is close to the surface and are GORGEOUS Marilyn thinks the remnant was saved because it would be impossible to plow with that rock cover just under the soil.
2nd: Joe Powelka of Madison (WI) Chapter Indian Pipe
3rd: Donna Brunet Orange Coneflower
1st: Mary Kuller Chinese Fog (Euonymus atropurpureus)
2nd: Kathy Bildner of St Louis (MO) Chapter Prairie Pulaski County Missouri
3rd: Joe Williamson of St Louis (MO) Chapter Woodland Path with Bluebells and Poppies
Landscaping with residence in background:
1st: Bret Rappaport of Lake to Prairie (IL) Chapter Prairie Home
2nd: Liz Jones of St Louis (MO) Chapter My House Seen From Back of Native Plant Bed at Rear of Property
1st: Carol Niendorf of Fox Valley Area (WI) Chapter How many spiders does a spiderwort have? Carol caught her grandsons looking for clues in the restored prairie meadow behind Carols home.
All winning photos will be used in our various media and promotional materials.
Special thanks go to Diane Powelka, Madison (WI) Chapter and Wild Ones board member, who served as Photo Contest Chair, and her committee members, Carol Andrews, board member and President of Arrowhead (MN) Chapter, and Mandy Ploch, national board member from Milwaukee-North (WI) Chapter.
Return to Photo Contest page.