2021 Photo Contest

First place category winners will be awarded a $50 prize. Second and third place category winners receive bragging rights. 

We were proud to have the 2021 Photo Contest judged by the following volunteers:

  • Ginny Levy – Head of Garden Club of America Horticulture Committee
  • Lori Purk – Missouri Master Naturalist
  • Tom Smarr – Executive Director of Jenkins Arboretum
  • Robert Smith – Photographer and Wild Ones Member
  • Josh Taylor Jr. – Professional Photographer and Canon Explorer of Light

By entering their photographs in our photo contest, photographers are helping Wild Ones further its mission. Wild Ones may use contest photos in Wild Ones publications, promotional materials, presentations, and on the Wild Ones websites so that others may be inspired to learn about native plants and natural landscaping.  

All images are the property of Wild Ones and should not be downloaded or used without permission.


Best In Show
(voted by the judges)

Photographer: Nan Pokerwinski
Chapter: River City-Grand Rapids Area
Location: Croton, Michigan
Plant(s): Coprinopsis variegata

Peoples Choice
(voted by current Wild Ones members)

Photographer: Diana Linsley
Chapter: St. Louis
Location: my backyard, in Crestwood Missouri
Plant(s): Swallowtail butterfly on a Cardinal Plant (Lobelia cardinalis)

Fauna with Flora
(non-pollinator wildlife with native plants)

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1st Place
Photographer: Ed Buchs
Location: Bloomfield Township – Walworth County, WI
Chapter: Kettle Moraine
Plant(s): Common Name – Joe Pye Weed. Scientific – Eutrochium purpureum Frog is the Tree Frog
2nd Place
Photographer: Gary Shackelford
Location: Fair Meadows SNA, Wisconsin
Chapter: Madison
Plant(s): Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus), pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
3rd Place
Photographer: Gary Shackelford
Location: Fair Meadows SNA, Wisconsin
Chapter: Madison
Plant(s): Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Flora
(must be native to where photo was taken)

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1st Place
Photographer: Barbara DeGraves
Chapter: SoKY
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cove Hardwoods Nature Trail, TN
Plant(s): Large-Flowered Trilliums (Trillium grandiflorum)
2nd Place
Photographer:
 Brad Sabre
Chapter: Milwaukee-Southwest-Wehr
Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Plant(s): White Water Lilly
3rd Place
Photographer: Neal Bringe
Chapter: Front Range
Location: Elizabeth, CO
Plant(s): Nebraska Lupine (Lupinus plattensis) and Prairie Milkvetch (Astragalus laxmannii (A. adsurgens var. robustior)).

It’s Alive
(organisms that do not fall under other categories that live on or with native plants)

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1st Place
Photographer:
 Nan Pokerwinski
Chapter: River City-Grand Rapids Area
Location: Croton, Michigan
Plant(s): Coprinopsis variegata
2nd Place
Photographer: Brad Sabre
Chapter: Milwaukee-Southwest-Wehr
Location: Lac du Flambeau, WI
Plant(s): Sphagnum Moss and American Toad
3rd Place
Photographer:
 Gary Shackelford
Chapter: Madison
Location: Fair Meadows SNA, Wisconsin
Plant(s): Large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus), common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Natural Landscaping
(native plants around buildings or facilities)

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1st Place
Photographer:
 Joan Brandwein
Chapter: Big River Big Woods
Location: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Saint Paul, MN
Plant(s): Black-eyed Susans, Prairie Dropseed, Little Bluestem, Common Milkweed
2nd Place
Photographer: Renee Benage
Chapter: St. Louis
Location: Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, Missouri
Plant(s): Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Royal Catchfly (Silene regia), Phlox paniculata
3rd Place
Photographer: Catherine McKenzie
Chapter: Fox Valley Area
Location: My front yard in Appleton, WI
Plant(s): Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

Photos By Kids
(photo taken by youth 18‐years‐old or younger)

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1st Place
Photographer: Saeed Muhammad
Chapter: Greater DuPage
Location: In my backyard
Plant(s): Swamp milkweed and monarch butterfly
2nd Place
Photographer: Saeed Muhammad
Chapter: Greater DuPage
Location: Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, Lemont, IL
Plant(s): Wild bergamot
3rd Place
Photographer: Gabriella Lindholm
Location: in my backyard
Chapter: Greater Kane County
Plant(s): Redbud

Pollinators

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1st Place
Photographer: Gary Shackelford
Chapter: Madison
Location: Fair Meadows SNA, Wisconsin
Plant(s): Monarch (Danaus plexippus), blazing-star (Liatris ligulistylis)
2nd Place
Photographer: Darcy Maile
Chapter: Partner At Large (PAL)
Location: Elburn, Il
Plant(s): Wasp
3rd Place
Photographer: David Silsbee
Chapter: Mountain Laurel
Location: Mansfield, Connecticut
Plant(s): Great Golden Digger Wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) on Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Scenery
(native woodland, savanna, prairie, wetlands, etc.)

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1st Place
Photographer: Gary Shackelford
Chapter: Madison
Location: Fair Meadows SNA, Wisconsin
Plant(s): Black willow (Salix nigra), common lake sedge (Carex lacustris)
2nd Place
Photographer: James Cudney
Chapter: Greater Kane County
Location: Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda, Illinois
Plant(s): Flowering plants include Pale Purple Coneflower – Echinacea pallida, Wild Quinine – Parthenium integrifolium, White Wild Indigo – Baptisia alba macrophylla and Black-Eyed Susan – Rudbeckia hirta
3rd Place (Tie)
Photographer: Daniel Cruikshanks
Location: Asylum Park in Kalamazoo, MI
Chapter: Kalamazoo Area
Plant(s): Assorted oaks and maples along with wetlands grasses (dormant).
3rd Place (Tie)
Photographer: Gary Shackelford
Location: Fair Meadows SNA, Wisconsin
Chapter: Madison
Plant(s): Pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida), yellow coneflower (Ratibida pinnata), common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), white wild indigo (Baptisia alba), eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides), shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

Wild Ones Projects
(photos of Wild Ones chapter projects/events)

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1st Place
Photographer: Karen Eckman
Chapter: Big River Big Woods
Location: Island Lake Elementary School, Shoreview, MN
Plant(s): Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Spiderwort, Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), and Blue Giant Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) and Homo sapiens volunteer! There are at least 36 species of native wildflowers, 5 species of grasses, and 2 species of shrubs.
2nd Place
Photographer: Athena Salzer
Chapter: Madison
Location: Pope Farm Conservancy
Plant(s): Pope Farm is a 30+ year old restoration with a diverse number of native species! Too many to list!
3rd Place
Photographer: Dawn-Marie Staccia
Chapter: Kettle Moraine
Location: North Prairie, WI
Plant(s): Female Monarch Butterfly, on Swamp Milkweed