Midewin, Will County forest preserve announce winners of photo contests

Both photo contests revolved around nature

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the Forest Preserve District of Will County recently announced the winners of their respective photo contests.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Carl Pixel of Chicago won the Midewin’s “Woodsy Owl & Friends” 50th Birthday Photo Challenge with his photo of a coyote “releasing an emotion-filled howl on the Henslow Trail,” according to a news release from Midewin.

“Wolf Spider on Milkweed” by William Shea of Mokena initially tied with Pixel for overall winning photo. Shea took his photo at the River Road Seedbeds at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, the release said.

USDA Forest Service Eastern Region Forester Gina Owens announced the winning photo during a the Sept. 15 webinar celebrating Woodsy Owl’s 50th birthday, the release said.

Other winning finalists include:

Owls: Barred Owl in Spring by Monika Bobek of Chicago

Sunrises and Sunsets: Henslow Bridge at Sunrise by Barbara Parisi if Channahon

Native Illinois Prairie Plants: Yellow Coneflower and Bergamot by Janet R. Lyons of Dwight

Photos by Kids: Blue Lobelia and Lilly Pads on A Pond (tied) by Grace and Olivia Thompson

For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/main/midewin/home.

Forest Preserve District of Will County

Minooka resident Eileen Capodice won the September portion of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Preserve the Moment Photo Contest with her photo of a spider web and pokeweed “adorned with water droplets,” a release from the district said.

The contest features monthly winners and public voting in January on the district’s Facebook page for one overall winner, the release said.

The following received honorable mentions for September:

• Mark Hanna of Romeoville: rabbit “in repose” at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

• Byron Morgan of Crete: great horned owl in a tree at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve

• Ron Hodgen of Morris: “regal” eagle at McKinley Woods

• Debi Shapiro of Lockport: two eagles, heads bowed, at Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve

For more information, visit reconnectwithnature.org.