Online voting for the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Wonders of Water photo contest began on Tuesday, March 14, via Facebook.
More than 50 people submitted around 220 photos before the entry period concluded March 11. Forest Preserve staff picked seven photo finalists that are posted on the District's Facebook page
. Visit the page to vote for your favorites. Every like and comment on each photo will count as a vote. Voting will end at 3 p.m. Friday, March 17.
The six finalists are: Kathy Bobal of Braidwood for a photo of swirling water at Hammel Woods in Shorewood; Brian Keller of Joliet for an icy water pattern at Lake Chaminwood in Minooka; Evi Kempf of Naperville for cracked ice at Lake Renwick Preserve in Plainfield; Robin Kosiek of Plainfield for a shot of a tiny drop of rain clinging to a branch at Hammel Woods in Shorewood; Lani Nishimura of Plainfield for a colorful shot of trees reflected in water at Isle a la Cache Preserve in Romeoville; and Jamie Sariyavong of Joliet for a rushing water photo at Isle a la Cache Preserve in Romeoville.
The top three vote-getters will get their pick of a Forest Preserve dog park permit, a picnic permit or a boat rental at Monee Reservoir. All participants were eligible to receive a participation gift.
All of the entries have been posted on the District's Flickr page
The photo contest was inspired by "Water|Ways," a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit that was on display at the District's Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon during the same six-week period. The exhibit was a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Mainstreet program and Illinois Humanities.