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You Can Pick the Winner in Our 2018 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

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Help choose the top three 2018 Preserve the Moment photo contest entries by voting now on the Forest Preserve District’s Facebook page.

Forest Preserve judges chose eight monthly finalists from among 939 photo submissions during the course of the contest, which began May 1 and concluded December 31. It was the largest pool of entries recorded since the start of the annual contest three years ago. 

Now it’s time for the public to vote online by liking or commenting on their favorite photos on Facebook.


Each like or comment on one of the monthly finalist photos counts as one vote. Voting will end at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 17. But until then, you can vote for as many photos as you like, and can vote more than once (one like and one comment) for a particular photo. Only one comment per person per photo will count in the vote tally.

The top three vote-getters will win bragging rights and some serious prizes. Gift cards will be awarded in the amounts of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $150 for third place. Contest prizes are made possible through the generous support of The Nature Foundation of Will County.

Once the voting concludes, three random drawings also will be held for all contest participants. The three winners will each receive $75 gift cards. Only those participants who have not won a prize in the 2018 contest will be eligible for the random drawings.

Photo entries came from preserves in every corner of the county and they documented the wonderful variety of flora, fauna, landscapes and structures that can be found in the District’s many preserves.

Here are the eight finalists in chronological order along with a short description of each photo:

  • May – Two cedar waxwings playing tug of war at Rock Run Preserve from Joseph Traina.
  • June –  A mink with an itch at Centennial Trail from Mike Daley.
  • July – A green heron balancing on a branch at McKinley Woods from Mark Hanna.
  • August – A carnivorous cannibalfly at Hickory Creek from Michael Fagan.
  • September – A mother and baby fox squirrel caught in an embrace at McKinley Woods from Barbara Parisi.
  • October – A slithering snake along the I&M Canal Trail from Lisa Dinges.
  • November –Pumpkin-colored shelf fungi at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve from Mandy Bellamy.
  • December – A glowing sunset at Whalon Lake from Nancy Havener.



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