Photographer John Kenkel won second place in the “Connecting People with Nature” catogery for this shot of hikers in the refuge.

Winners announced in Refuge photo contest


(3/10/2021)

Winners in four categories were chosen by judges in the Friends of the Refuge Headwaters’ (FORH) Fall on our Refuge Photo Contest. There were 46 entries in the contest with the top three places in each category receiving cash prizes. Submitted photos were taken on Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge or Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.  

 

Scenic Views of the Refuge 

•    First: “Before the Storm” by Cathy Richardson of Winona

•    Second: “Respite on the Refuge” by Deedee Nadeau of Winona

•    Third: “Days End” by Susie Scharlau of Fountain City 

 

Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge 

•    First: “Fall Splendor” by Cathy Richardson of Winona

•    Second: “The Watcher” by Cathy Richardson of Winona

•    Third: “In Good Company” by Theresa Kuschel of La Crescent

 
Connecting People with Nature on the Refuge 

•    First: “Paddler’s Delight” by Deedee Nadeau of Winona

•    Second: “Hikers on the Refuge” by John Kenkel of Rochester, Minn.

•    Third: “A Kayaker’s Reflection” by Deedee Nadeau of Winona

 

Young Nature Photographers 

•    First: “Tranquility” by Isabelle Katwa of Winona

•    Second: “Taking it Easy” by Isabelle Katwa of Winona

•    Third: “Camouflage” by Isabelle Katwa of Winona

 

Winning photos will be on display at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on the second floor of 102 Walnut Street in Winona beginning March 9, 2021. Additional exhibitions at other locations will be announced.  

Contest judges were Rick Frietsche and John Weiss of Rochester, Minn., and Gayle Maule of Buffalo City.  

Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are a citizen-based, nonprofit organization that partners with and supports the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in meeting the refuge vision and goals. 

 

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