GINLC Nature & Wildlife Photo Contest for 2011

Entries for the 2011 Nature & Wildlife Photo Contest for Middle and High School students were judged and displayed at this year’s Earth Day Celebration at Centennial Farm.  A total of 32 entries from twelve students from four schools were received and judged by Mr. Jerry Jourdan, a scientific micro-photographer and an amateur nature photographer whose amazing bird photographs have been published and have won many awards.



First Place - Middle School

Life Is A Long Road by Meah Monske / GI Middle School

Life is a Long Road

  • Wonderful sense of depth & sense of mood
  • Fabulous capture!


Second Place - Middle School

Calm Creek by Sana Nasir / GI Middle School

Calm Creek

  • Wonderful composition!
  • Great use of depth
  • Sunlight rays add nice touch

Third Place - Middle School

Untitled (Deer) by Myranda Ryder / GI Middle School

Untitled (Deer)

  • I love it!
  • Great capture
  • Good detail and color

Honorable Mention - Middle School

Timber by Dalton Johns / Arthurs Middle School


  • Good exposure
  • Snow appears white and not gray or blue



Honorable Mention - Middle School

Worldly Reflections by Rylee Barnsdale / GI Middle School

Worldly Reflections 

  • Nice capture
  • Good exposure
  • Shows the promise of spring & new life
Student did not make this photo available

First Place - High School

Replenished by Marissa Ye / Southgate (Davidson)


  • Beautiful capture!
  • Love the sun-rays!

Second Place - High School

Gold Leaf by Marissa Nazareno  / GI High School

Gold Leaf

  • Great exposure & color saturation

Third Place - High School

A New Life by Alissa Rhode / GI High School

A New Life

  • Vibrant Colors & good exposure
  • Sharp!
  • Well done!
A New Life
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Honorable Mention - High School

Sunset Silhouette by Anna Burbo / Southgate (Davidson)

Sunset Silhouette

  • Great composition!
  • Sharp, good depth of field



Honorable Mention - High School

Changing Seasons by Bridget Swisz / GI High School

Changing Seasons

  • Lovely composition & exposure
  • Good framing of tree!
Student did not make this photo available
Event guests voted for their personal favorites, resulting in a tie for the “People’s Choice” Award.
  People's Choice Award for Replenished by Marissa Ye / Southgate (Davidson)
  People's Choice Award for Clear for Takeoff by Dalton Johns / Arthurs Middle School
Clear for Takeoff

The winning entries were on display until June 5th at the Starbuck’s Café located at the Grosse Ile Kroger. An awards ceremony was held May 15th at 5PM at the Starbucks Café.  The Conservancy has coordinated this contest for the last three years as part of its annual Earth Day programming.  We hope it encourages students to spend more time day-to-day and season-to-season, observing, appreciating and sharing nature’s beauty.