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DNR launches 14th annual writing, photo contests

Metro Wire Staff

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting entries for the 14th annual Great Waters Photo Contest and Writing Project now through April 1.

Winning photographs and writing submissions will be included in the 2022-23 Wisconsin’s Great Waters Calendar.

The contest and writing project highlights the many ways people connect with and value the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.

Judging will be completed by a panel of DNR staff. Criteria for judging include visual and technical merit, creativity, and composition. All authors and photographers will be credited.

Share Your Favorite Photos

Share your photos of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, or the Mississippi River in Wisconsin. Photos of all seasons are needed and are accepted in the following categories:

  • People enjoying Wisconsin’s Great Waters
  • Cultural and historic features
  • Natural features
  • Wildlife

Email photo entries to: [email protected]Wisconsin.gov. Include photo title, location in Wisconsin where it was taken, entry category, your name, address, phone number and email address.

For inspiration and examples of past submissions, view the 2021 contest contributions and current Wisconsin’s Great Waters Calendar here.

Calling All Writers

Do you have a passion for writing about our natural resources? We’re seeking original short essays, stories, poems, or songs inspired by your connection to our Great Waters.

Or, share a description about a stewardship project you completed to protect or restore the shore, wetlands, or beaches of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, or the Mississippi River. Include a description of the partners involved, funding, and accomplishments.

How To Submit Written Entries

Written submissions should be approximately 200 words. Email writing entries by April 1, 2022, to: [email protected]Wisconsin.gov. Include your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Additional information about contest rules and details on how to enter is available online here.

Contact Susan Tesarik, DNR Office of Great Waters at [email protected] or 608-977-2416, with any questions.