Joliet resident Kevin Kuchler’s photo of a spring landscape at Rock Run Preserve was chosen as the winner in the April portion of the Forest Preserve District’s Preserve the Moment photo contest.
The stand of trees surrounded by emerald green grass, yellow flowers and ponding water is the epitome of a spring scene, the judges decided.
“The photo was taken when my fiancé and I were taking a walk,” Kuchler said in an email. “I love nature, hiking, and photography so anytime I go out in a preserve, I make sure to have my camera with me.”
Kuchler said as he walked by the marshy area in the Joliet preserve, he knew it was photo worthy.
“It was a relaxing, cool place and I wanted to capture that. I have been visiting that preserve for a very long time since it is next to my house. I remember walking through that preserve throughout high school and college as a way to relax from the stress of school as well as work.”
As a result of being named the April contest finalist, Kuchler’s photo will compete with eight other monthly winners for overall honors after the contest ends on December 31. Each monthly finalist will receive a $75 Visa gift card.
Honorable mentions in the April contest were given to:
- Cory Liptak of Minooka for a photo of a swam chasing a goose on the water at McKinley Woods.
- Mark Hanna of Romeoville for a snake coiled around a branch at McKinley Woods.
- Lisa Dinges of Lockport for a Northern shoveler swimming in a sea of American coots at McKinley Woods.
- Joe Mayer of Mokena for a sprout of spring cress at Hickory Creek Preserve.
All of April's entries can be seen on our Flickr page.
After the contest concludes, the top three winners will be determined by a public vote on the District’s Facebook page, with the first-place winner receiving $500; second place, $250; and third place, $150.
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS NOW
Participants may enter up to five digital photos per month. All photos must be uploaded via the District’s contest upload page. Be sure to fill out all of the required categories, including the date and location the photo was taken.
Photos must be taken by amateur photographers age 18 or older, and they must be snapped in a Will County forest preserve during the contest period, which began on April 1. For instance, pictures taken at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, which is owned by the U.S. Forest Service, and Pilcher Park, which is a City of Joliet park, will not qualify for the contest.
For a list of all Forest Preserve locations, check out the District's preserve page and be sure to read the contest rules before entering. Entries not adhering to the rules will automatically be disqualified.
The Preserve the Moment photo contest is sponsored by The Nature Foundation of Will County.
Stay up-to-date on the happenings in Will County's forest preserves by subscribing to our digital newsletter, The Citizen. Signing up is easy, free of charge and provides subscribers with weekly updates on Forest Preserve news, upcoming events, and other fun and useful information for the whole family.