NORTH WEBSTER — A picture is worth 1,000 words — especially when it comes to nature’s beauty.
The Watershed Foundation’s annual photo contest, “Picture Your Watershed,” aims to share how community members live, learn and play on the area’s lakes and streams.
“We love to see the pictures, share them, and let others know how important they are to protect and improve upon,” explained Eileen Oaks, TWF marketing specialist.
The competition was open to all pictures taken in the Upper Tippecanoe River watershed; an area that includes more than 60 lakes spanning from Crooked Lake in Whitley county through south of Warsaw.
Pictures were accepted from July until Nov. 1, and then open voting for the “People’s Choice” award began through TWF’s website and Facebook page.
So, without further ado, The Watershed Foundation has announced the 2017 “Picture your Watershed” photo contest winners.
With 277 votes, Ray Taylor’s “Cedar Waxwing Lovebirds” was by far the public’s favorite, winning the People’s Choice Award.
The Wet n’ Wild was very close category. But Bonnie Phillips’ “Shine On (Dragonfly)” outshone the other pictures.
In the Lovin’ the Lakes category, “His World” by Melissa Winters won over the judge’s hearts and secured this category for the win.
Leo Dean Jansen accomplished what many have tried, and failed to do. Catching a “Supermoon over Tippy” with amazing talent and winning the Nature’s Studio category.
“Thank you to all 28 photographers who helped make this year such a success. Eighty one photographs represented 14 lakes across our watershed, from Crooked and Loon Lakes, to Barbee and Tippy, to Pike and Winona Lakes.” said Oaks. “TWF would also like to thank each voter. The contest was visited over 2,100 times and over 3,400 votes were cast.”