Great Lakes Story and Photo Contest – June Winners Announced

Entry deadline for July awards: Midnight, Friday July 20

Coalition Announces June Winners of Great Lakes Photo & Story Contest

Monthly Prizes Awarded Through End of August

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (July 18)—A summer fishing trip on the Au Sable River. A Native American meditation on the importance of the Great Lakes. The power of Lake Michigan. Ice fishing from a pier in February.

These are the subjects of the winning entries for the month of June in the Great Lakes Story and Photo Contest.

The contest continues to run through August 20 and will award monthly prizes at the end of July and August. Grand prizes include two outdoor adventure packages—including a kayak, tent and sleeping bag—and two photography packages—including a digital camera. Over $7,500 in prizes will be awarded.

“These entries show how important the Great Lakes are to the lives of people,” said Jeff Skelding, national campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, which is sponsoring the contest. “We applaud the people who have won this month and remind people that the contest runs through August. Send us your compelling photo or great story and you too could win some great prizes.”

The contest awards monthly prizes, June, July and August and runs through Aug. 20.

June winners include:

Randy Edwards from Columbus, Ohio, writes about a fishing trip with a buddy in “A $5 Trip to Au Sable River.” You can read it at:

Nancy Hulka from Muskegon, Michigan, writes about Native American traditions and the state of the lakes in “Michigan Ndoonjibaa: Michigan Where My Spirit is From.”

Daniel Lezman from Holland, Michigan
, tells a story about how the power of Lake Michigan showed itself when he and his sons were not expecting it in “Display of the Power of Lake Michigan.” You can read it at:

Albert Wouters from Byron Center, Michigan, photographed several men fishing on a breaker wall, braving the wind, cold and ice of a Michigan winter. You can view it at:

The contest, which runs through August 20, seeks to inspire people of all ages to submit their stories and photos for a chance to win prizes.

The contest awards prizes in four contest categories and three age groups. Categories include:

-General story
-Fishing story
-Camping story

Every month in June, July and August, the contest will award prizes in each of the above-mentioned categories in the following age groups:

-Child (K-8th grade)
-High school student (9-12th grade)

Corporate sponsors include Meijer and REI.

Educational sponsors include the Akron Zoo, Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, John Ball Zoo, and Shedd Aquarium.

Entry guidelines and rules can be found by visiting, or by mailing a request to: Great Lakes Story & Photo Contest, National Wildlife Federation, 213 W. Liberty St., Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104.

The Healthy Lakes, Healthy Lives Campaign is directed by the Healing Our Waters®-Great Lakes Coalition. The coalition consists of more than 90 zoos, aquariums, museums, and hunting, fishing, and environmental organizations representing millions of people, whose common goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

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2 Responses to Great Lakes Story and Photo Contest – June Winners Announced

  1. Colleen says:

    Will you be offering any more contests after August? I entered the July contest and notice you have not posted the winners yet.

    Colleen Rae

  2. Thanks, Colleen. We will be announcing both our August winners and our grand prize winners in the coming days. Thanks for your interest. Stay tuned!