Winners have been named in the 12th annual Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuges photo contest.
A panel of judges selected nearly 25 winners from 144 entries in four categories: scenic, wildlife and plants, birds, and people on the refuge. All photos were taken on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge or Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Photos were judged on three criteria: capturing the spirit of the refuge, technical quality and intrinsic beauty.
Winning photos will be displayed at special events throughout the area through October 2010, including the Frozen River Film Festival Jan. 27-31 at Winona State University.
The public can vote for their favorite photo at any of these events to determine Best of Show, which will be awarded a cash prize.
This year’s winning photographers are:
Birds: 1. Sue Fletcher, La Crosse; 2. Linda Weinmann, Winona, Minn.; 3. Alan Stankevitz, La Crescent, Minn.
Wildlife and plants: 1. Weinmann; 2. Corey Paulson, Fountain City, Wis.; 3. Sue Retzlaff, Holmen.
Scenic: 1. Weinmann; 2. David Schultz, Winona; 3. Gloria Polleman, Minnesota City, Minn.
People: 1. Weinmann; 2. Jamie Harper, Winona; 3. Retzlaff.
For more information, call park ranger Ed Lagace at (507) 494-6236 or log onto www.friendsofuppermiss.org/index.html.