Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Missouri Department of Natural Resources announces winners of 2023 photo contest

 JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 24, 2023 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has selected the winners for the 2023 photo contest. Each year, the department asks amateur photographers to get outside and capture the beauty of Missouri’s natural resources and enter their favorite photos in the annual photo contest. Entries include images from anywhere in Missouri, featuring its beautiful natural resources, unique state parks, natural phenomena, outdoor recreation, scenic landscapes, weather, wildlife and people enjoying the outdoors. This year, the department received nearly 900 entries for the contest.

The winning photos can be viewed on the photo contest website at dnr.mo.gov/photo-contest.
Natural Resources Category:
First Place: "Reflection – Champion Burr Oak" by Harold Ostergaard of Pacific
Second Place: “Short Eared Owl” by Jian Xu of Wildwood
Third Place: "Bluebird on a Dogwood Tree" by Mary Moore of DeSoto
Honorable Mention: "Pure Bliss" by Tyler Delagardelle of Ozark
People Enjoying Missouri’s Outdoors Category:
First Place: "Urban Creek Exploring" by Sara H. McCarty of St. Louis
Second Place: "Fly Fishing in the Fog" by Analizza Tomenio Neal of Springfield
Third Place: "Summer Splash" by Branden Keith Johnson of Farmington
Honorable Mention: “When You Land Your First Trout” by Abby Weber of Leonard
Unique Places Category:
First Place: "Water Falls” by David A. Peterson of St. Clair
Second Place: "Mina Sauk Falls" by Steven Bender of Cape Girardeau
Third Place: "Follow Me to Fall" by Rhonda O’Keefe of St. Charles
Honorable Mention: “Rock Walkin’" by Renee Thierry of Pleasant Hill
Amateur photographers of all ages may enter the photo contest hosted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The 2024 photo contest will open April 1, 2024.
For more information about the department’s photo contest, visit dnr.mo.gov/photo-contest

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