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Deano Samens’ poem to be featured in this year’s Great Lakes calendar

MADISON – Nine photographers from Wisconsin earned top honors for their entries in the Department of Natural Resources’ eighth annual “Wisconsin’s Great Lakes” photography contest. Their photos will be featured in a calendar available this summer at the Wisconsin State Fair. Photographers from across Wisconsin and beyond submitted more than 500 beautiful photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

New for this year’s contest, the Office of the Great Lakes introduced the category of lake stewardship activities and asked participants to submit not only a photo, but a brief description of their Great Lakes project.

“We were excited to receive nine submissions in this category,” said Galarneau. “We know there is a lot of great work going on to help protect and restore Lake Michigan and Lake Superior and we are happy to be able to highlight some of those projects this year.”

In addition to the photo contest, DNR coordinates a “Wisconsin’s Great Lakes” writing project and this year received 15 submissions which can also be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website. Poems by several entrants, including Deano Samens of Colfax, will be featured in this year’s calendar.

DNR’s Office of the Great Lakes is now accepting photos of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior for next year’s contest. Contest information and instructions for submitting photos and writings can be found on the Office of the Great Lakes website. Search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for “Great Lakes Photo Contest.”