7th Annual Photo Contest Now Open!

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Calling all nature enthusiasts! Do you love nature photography? Then the Michigan Nature Association is looking to showcase your photos in the 7th Annual Photo Contest!

Winners will be featured on the MNA website and will be used in upcoming issues of Michigan Nature magazine. Visit the Photo Contest Gallery to see last year’s winners.

Photos can be taken anywhere in the state of Michigan, and should 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 2017 Photo Contest Entry Form.
Photos and completed forms can be emailed to Jess at jfoxen@michigannature.org or mailed on a CD or flashdrive to the MNA office.

Entries must be received by September 1, 2017.

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 highly preferred).
  • received no later than September 1, 2017.

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

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!

 

Photographer Stephen Ross to host photo workshop at Twin Waterfalls

By Kary Askew Garcia, MNA Intern

Olson Falls by Mike Zajczenko

Water trickles down the sandstone falls surrounded by lush ferns.  Photo by Mike Zajczenko

Photographer Stephen Ross will guide guests through a photo workshop while snapping shots in the beautiful Twin Waterfalls Plant Preserve located in Alger County, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The workshop, on Saturday May 31, will focus on techniques in photography including  basic digital camera use, lighting, composition and subject choice.

Stephen will also facilitate a group critique of the morning’s collected pictures followed by a short talk on techniques including effective use of the histogram and white balance.

The group will visit several other locations for additional practice. There will also be an additional sunset photography session offered to those who would like to attend.

The Twin Waterfalls sanctuary was acquired in 1986 and expanded on in following years totaling more than 17 acres of land.

The waterfalls, known as the Memorial Falls in commemoration of MNA’s friends and donors, are accessible to guests via several trails, a half-mile in length. The falls are made up of sandstone dating back 550 million years. This wall formation is known as the Munising Formation and is rose-colored and easily eroded by harsh winter weather.

Beech Drops by Ben Blazier

Beech drops appear, attaching themselves to the roots of beech trees. Photo by Ben Blazier

The rock atop the formation, the Au Train Formation, is made up of more firm sandstone which is less affected by erosion. This formation appears as a “shelf” over which the water trickles down.

The falls are home to several different plants including ferns, beech trees and a parasitic plant, the tan-colored beech drop, which can grow to 18 inches in length and secures itself to the roots of the beech tree.

The workshop will be held at the Twin Waterfalls Plant Preserve, the Alger County Community Center, and nearby locations. The cost for the workshop is $35, and lunch is included. For more information and to register please contact Upper Peninsula Regional Stewardship Organizer Adrienne Bozic at abozic@michigannature.org.

Learn photography skills with MNA and Great Lakes Photo Tours

By Annie Perry, MNA Intern

In March and September, MNA members and guests will learn to shoot—photos, that is. MNA is partnering with Great Lakes Photo Tours for the second One-Day Eco-Photo Excursions at Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary on May 13 and Goose Creek Grasslands Nature Sanctuary on September 20. Participants will learn more about their cameras and sharpen their photography skills at the two all-day events, which begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

The tours are led by naturalist photographer Mark S. Carlson and digital photography instructor Bob Grzesiak, who have a combined 50 years of professional expertise in photography. Mark has had photographs published in magazines, books, calendars and other various publications and offers a wealth of photography and naturalist knowledge, while Bob is an expert in digital camera systems and technology and can help participants understand the nitty-gritty controls and settings on their cameras.

The first tour is on May 13 at the Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary in Cass County. Dowagiac Woods stretches for 364 acres and is the largest sanctuary in the Lower Peninsula. This sanctuary gives photographers a living example of what forests were like when settlers first came to Michigan, as the majority of the property has never been plowed or clear-cut, which allows for great species diversity. More than 50 wildflower species grow in Dowagiac Woods and will be blooming—and ready to photograph—during the tour.

Goose Creek Grasslands Nature Sanctuary in Lenawee County, the site for the second tour, is smaller than Dowagiac Woods, but offers its own sights and beauty for tour attendees. Goose Creek is a unique prairie fen found only in the glacial Midwest. The sanctuary is nestled in a valley and boasts a variety of habitats, including saturated soil, wet prairie, marsh and fen. It’s also home to roughly 221 plant species and comes to its full glory in September and October. Photographers on this tour will be able to spot turkeyfoot grass, the most important Michigan tall grass, which flowers profusely in September and October.

To register, visit the Great Lakes Photo Tours website and select one or both of the MNA tours. The program is $65 for MNA members and $99 for non-members. The $99 fee includes a one-year MNA membership. For more information, call the MNA office at 866-223-2231.