Nature Photography Contest

The Chicago Park District asked Chicagoans to capture nature through their eyes in the second biannual Nature in Chicago Amatuer Photo Contest. The photos were submitted in the following categories:

  • People in Nature
  • Native Flora
  • Native Fauna
  • Chicago Waterfront
Four winning photos were selected in each category for a total of 16 photos to be included in the traveling exhibit. 

2011-2012 Nature in Chicago Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to all winners of the 2011-2012 Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Contest! The competition was high this year, and only four photos from each category were selected by the judges as winners. *There is no numerical order to the winners – all four in each category equally won.
People in Nature
  • In the Willows by Jessica Tai
  • Lone Fisherman by Kris Bochenek
  • Remember the Days by April Tyreanne Collins
  • Snowfall on the Bench by Javier Ayala
Native Flora
  • Chance Meeting with a Spiderwort by Sharon M. Gaietto
  • Coneflowers by Elliot R. Mandel 
  • Purple Prairie Clover by Dawn Mazur
  • Yellow Shadows by Harold A. Plein
Native Fauna
  • Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful by Carol Laurent Jarzyna
  • Don't Look Up (Or Down)! by Cara R. Litberg
  • Feeding Time by John Troiani
  • Turtles All the Way Down by Rex Babiera
Chicago Waterfront
  • Iced Tree by John Troiani
  • Mer Girl: Alfred Caldwell Reflection by Ron Reason
  • Perfect Moment by Javier Ayala
  • Surface by Dan Finnen

Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Exhibition

Here is your chance to view the winning photos on display this summer in the Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Exhibition.  The traveling exhibit is admission free at the following locations and dates:
Friday, June 1 – Friday, June 15
at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Monday, June 18 – Friday, July 6
at Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center, 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.
Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 3
at Daley Bicentennial Plaza at Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
Monday, Aug 6 – Friday, Aug 24
at John H. Vanderpoel Art Gallery at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr.
Monday, August 27 – Friday, Sept 14
at Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1400 N. Sacramento Ave.