2016 Art of the Land Photo Contest Results
Congratulations to all of the photographers who participated in the 2016 Art of the Land Amateur Photo Contest. TLC's Amateur Photography Contest started ...
as a way to introduce more people to the diversity and beauty of the lands that TLC helps preserve. Many of the properties featured are not open to the public, so the photos taken provide a glimpse of the wonders that are found on private land throughout the county.
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Narayani Hiffman's photo taken at Ryder's Woods won 1st Place.
Ryder's Woods is 22 acres located in Woodstock, which is managed by TLC since 2006.
There was a group called "Friends of Ryder's Woods" active back in the 1970s who worked to ensure this gem located blocks from the Woodstock Square would provide peaceful enjoyment to residents forever. Today, the City of Woodstock, TLC, and local volunteers work together to maintain the woods.
Margie Bjorkman's photo, taken at Soulful Prairies, Hartland Township, took 2nd place.
The wetlands and ponds found on this property serve as a resting and feeding place for migratory birds, especially waterfowl and shorebirds. The marsh attracted a great diversity of wildlife, including birds of concern, such as the yellow-headed blackbird and the least bittern.
Cynthia Lawler's photo taken at Moehling Conservation Easement, Dorr Township, won 3rd place.
This 15-acre property boasts remnant oak/hickory woods, wetlands, and a mix of trees planted through the Forest Management Plan of Illinois. Mel and Cheri have been busy clearing invasive brush and planting wildflowers, and every year the place gets more beautiful.
Three Honorable Mentions were awarded:
Kendal Stephens' photo of close up of life on a log taken at Spring Hollow Conservation Easement, Bull Valley.
This 25-acre easement has achieved Illinois Nature Preserve Status--a classification given to the highest quality remaining habitats in Illinois. Today it is still being managed by the daughter of the orginal easement grantor, and it looks great!
Paul McFadden's photo taken at Acorn Lane Conservation Area, Lake in the Hills.
This 13-acre preserve protects a section of Woods Creek and the surrounding wetland, allowing it to stay natural in a heavily developed area.
Cynthia Lawler's photo at Moehling Easement Area, Dorr Township.
Youth category winner was Quinn Hankins.
Quinn's photo was taken at Wingate Conservation Easement, Nunda Township.
This 4-acre easement has walking paths which wind around oak trees and offer an astounding view of various wildflowers. Few backyards can boast the number of songbirds and other critters that also call this place home. Thanks to years of careful tending and the foresight to dedicate an easement, this backyard will remain natural in perpetuity.
People's Choice Voting Winners:
Friday evening winner: John Weaver's photo taken at Stowe Conservation Easement, Alden.
In Alden Township, Randy & Karen Stowe placed a conservation easement on one acre of their land in 2008. A few years ago, a group of local residents (including the Stowes) approached TLC to see if we could help persuade the Conservation District to buy a 200+ acre property that surrounded the highest glaciated point in the state of Illinois. The landowners sweeten the deal by saying they would place conservation easements on adjoining portions of their land. A private-public partnership was formed, and to date, two private conservation easements complement the 250 acre public preserve known as High Point Conservation Area.
Saturday evening winner: Alan Smith's photo taken at Van Maren Conservation Area, Harvard.
This 40-acre woods preserves one of the last large remnant oak woodlands in the county. The woodland is part of a joint effort between McHenry County Conservation District and TLC to preserve a total of 93 contiguous acres of old growth oaks.
The above photos are just a sample of this year's photo contest photos. To order your 2016 photo contest catalog for just $18, click here.
2017 Amateur Photo Contest is now open