2016 Photo Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our 2016 Photo Contest winners! Thank you to everyone that submitted a photo – we had many great options to choose from! Photos were submitted in three categories: Flora & Fauna, Landscapes, and People in Nature in order to capture Michigan’s natural beauty.

Grand Prize Winner!
“In Flight” at MNA’s Karner Blue Nature Sanctuary in Newaygo County by Randy Butters.


Flora & Fauna

First Place:
“White-lined Sphinx moth” by Mary Rasmussen.

Second Place:
“Northern saw-whet owl” by Patrick Wright.

Third Place:
“Virginia Bluebells” at MNA’s Coldwater River Nature Sanctuary in Kent County by Marilyn Keigley.

Honorable Mention:
“Egret in the mist” by Deb Traxinger.


First Place:
“Late autumn snowstorm” at MNA’s Wilcox Warnes Memorial Nature Sanctuary in Macomb County by Jason Steel.

Second Place:
“Tannery Falls” at MNA’s Twin Waterfalls Memorial Nature Sanctuary in Alger County by Shannon Hart.

Third Place:
“Menomonee River Sunrise” by Joy Ziemnick.

Honorable Mention:
“Heron and Deer in the Fog” by Byron Drachman.

People in Nature

First Place:
“Chance Encounter” at MNA’s Newaygo Prairie by Randy Butters.

Second Place:
“Kayaking at the Sloughs” by Nathan Miller.

Third Place:
“Hiking” by Patricia Pennell.

Honorable Mention:
“Bioblitz on Lake Perrault” by Nathan Miller.


Enter in MNA’s 2016 Photo Contest!

Do you love nature photography? Then the Michigan Nature Association is looking to showcase your photos in the sixth annual MNA Photo Contest!

2016 Photo Contest

Winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Michigan Nature magazine and will appear in a special gallery on the MNA website. Visit the Photo Contest Gallery to see last year’s winners.

Photos can be taken anywhere in the state of Michigan, and can highlight Michigan’s natural beauty in any way. Photos will be judged in three categories: Flora & Fauna, Landscapes, and People in Nature.

To enter, download and fill out the entry form. Photos and completed forms can be emailed to michigannature@michigannature.org or mailed on a CD or flashdrive to the MNA office.

Entries must be received by September 1, 2016. 

All photos must be:
• taken in the state of Michigan.
• in one of the three categories.
• submitted with a filled-out entry form.
• submitted as a jpg, tif or gif file (photo quality of 300 dpi is preferred).
• received no later than September 1, 2016.

We look forward to seeing your favorite parts of nature and some of Michigan’s best flora, fauna and landscapes through your lens!