Marine News from the Great Lakes

2019 Great Waters Photo Contest and Writing Project open until Feb. 1

Published: Monday, December 17, 2018


The Office of Great Waters is inviting entries for its 11th annual photo contest and writing project. Send us your best photos, poetry or prose showcasing Lake Michigan, Lake Superior or the Mississippi River. The photo contest and writing project is a fun way to share the many ways we interact with and value the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Contest submissions will be accepted through February 1, 2019.

Photos from all seasons are needed and will be accepted in the following categories:

  • People enjoying Wisconsin’s Great Waters
  • Natural features and wildlife
  • Cultural and historic features
  • Stewardship activities.
Special contest category: Great Waters stewardship

There's a lot of good work going on to protect and restore Wisconsin's Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Show us how you or a local group is protecting or restoring the shore, tributaries, backwaters, wetlands or beaches of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior or the Mississippi River. Send us a photo of your work and a brief (up to 180 words) description of the partners involved, your funding source, and what you hope to accomplish. Include a web link, if applicable. If people appear in the photo, please ask their permission before submitting photos.


Share your favorite writings with us. The Office of Great Waters is also accepting short essays, stories, poems, and songs about the Great Lakes or Mississippi River. Submissions should be approximately 180 words.

Judging and awards

Photos and writings will be judged by a panel of Wisconsin DNR staff. Criteria for judging will include creativity, visual and technical merit, and composition. Winning photographs and writings will be used in our annual Wisconsin's Great Waters Calendar and in other DNR publications, presentations, websites, and displays. Contest winners will be announced in May. Winning photographers and writers will be contacted by mail, phone or email and will receive the calendar by mail.

The deadline for photo and written submissions is February 1, 2019.
Please spread the word to family and friends!

See previous years' photo and writing submissions!

For more information contact Susan Tesarik, DNR Office of Great Waters, 608-267-0555 or [email protected].

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