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Wisconsin's Great Waters 2018 Photo Contest and Writing Project

Winners and Submissions

The Office of Great Waters received more than 200 beautiful photos of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the Mississippi River for the 2018 photo contest. Winning photographs were featured in the 2018-2019 "Wisconsin's Great Waters" calendar, which was distributed at DNR events, state parks, visitor centers and DNR regional offices throughout the state.

Video And Calendar

Check out a video of the winning photos and the 2018-2019 "Wisconsin's Great Waters" calendar.

2018 winning photographers

People enjoying Wisconsin's Great Waters


"Backwater Exploration" by John F. Sullivan. Mississippi River, Pool 7.

1st Place:
John F. Sullivan – La Crosse, WI
2nd Place (tie):
John Cardamone - Bloomington, IL; Scott Pearson - Eagle River, WI
Honorable Mention:
Steve Bensing, Nancy Gill, Matt Jenson, Diane Piispanen, Jessica Ruben, Adam Smith, Mark Straub, Chris Wolski

Cultural and historical features


"Twilight" by Mark Straub. McKinley Beach, Milwaukee, WI.

1st Place:
Mark Straub - New Berlin, WI
2nd Place:
Kelly L. Johnson - Eau Claire, WI
Honorable Mention:
John Cardamone, Donna Feuerstein, Glenn A. Gierzycki, Diane Piispanen, Scott Pearson, Philip Schwarz, John F. Sullivan, Howard Vrankin

Natural features and wildlife


"Dawn at Cave Point" by Michael Knapstein. Door County, WI.

1st Place:
Michael Knapstein - Middleton, WI
2nd Place (tie):
Philip Schwarz (2 photos) - Menomonie, WI
Honorable Mention:
Angela Botner (2 photos), Lorri Howski, Erika Reimer, Michael J. Marit, Kelly L. Johnson, Annette S. Knapstein, Adam Smith

Stewardship activities


"Menekaunee Harbor Restoration" by Cheryl Bougie. Marinette, WI

1st Place:
Cheryl Bougie - Green Bay, WI
2nd Place:
Toben Lafrancois - Cornucopia, WI
Honorable Mention:
Chelsey Blanke, Toben Lafrancois

2018 eligible photo submissions

Each category is a separate PDF file and each page corresponds to one submission.

2018 writing project submissions

We received 16 lovely poems, short stories and creative writings from Wisconsin authors. A sampling of their work appears in our our 2018-2019 Wisconsin's Great Waters calendar.