Winners Announced for Chicago Park District's 2011-2012 Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Contest

© by Dan Finnen

The Chicago Park District recently announced the winners for the 2nd biannual Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Contest & Exhibition. The Chicago Park District’s natural areas program hosted a photography contest of nature in Chicago to illustrate the natural beauty and biological diversity that exists within our own city. Four winning photos were selected in each category for a total of 16 photos to be included in the traveling exhibit. 

The following is a list of winners in the following categories:
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
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
Chicago Waterfront
Iced Tree by John Troiani
Mer Girl: Alfred Caldwell Reflection by Ron Reason
Perfect Moment by Javier Ayala
Surface by Dan Finnen
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
The winning photographs will be exhibited in the Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Exhibition beginning Friday, June 1 through Friday, Sept. 14.  The traveling exhibit is admission free and will visit 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.
For more information about the Nature in Chicago Amateur Photo Contest & Exhibition click here.

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