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The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy announced the winners of their annual Nature Photography Contest this past Wednesday night. The event, held at the public room of the downtown library, was attended by about 100 people. Refreshments and light music were provided.

This year's theme was 'Take it Outside!' Contestants of all ages submitted photos of many subjects. Each year the number of photos has grown and exceeded 260 this year.

Cash prizes of $50, $25, and $10 were offered in each category. Recipients seemed happy to participate regardless of the prize. Photo entries reflected images of nature and living in the Saginaw Bay Watershed, which is the largest watershed in the state of Michigan and filters 15% of Michigan's inland waters.

"The contest is intended to promote the beauty of natural areas and help us better appreciate the value of the resources that surround us." said Valerie Roof, executive director of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. "Any way you look at it, this is great learning opportunity for anyone who wants to explore the natural wonders that lie within the Saginaw Basin."

Winning photos were judged by professionals in environmental protection, art and photography. Special attention was given to the difficulty of catching particular subjects.

The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy is a non-profit charitable organization working in the Saginaw Basin. To date, the Conservancy has protected more than 5,600 acres.

Links to winning photos: 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

Landscape: Tessa Witchger - Saginaw - Sunflower's Silhouette - First Place

Landscape: Gordon Selbig - Corunna - Turnip Rock - Second Place

Landscape: John Britt - Pigeon - Hit and Miss - Third Place

Landscape:Stacy Clark - Saginaw - Reflections of Earth - Honorable Mention

Landscape: Betty Goyings - Frankenmuth - Reflections on Cass River - Honorable Mention

Landscape: Kathy Kerr - Bad Axe -S unset after a Storm - Honorable Mention

Photo Art: Donald Heidrich - Bay City - Tobico Princess - First Place

Photo Art: Tom Clark - Essexville - Enjoy the Fire - Second Place

Photo Art: Thomas Williams - Freeland - Cleared for Landing - Third Place

Photo Art: Nancy Nickerson - Midland - Hepatica - Honorable Mention

Plants & Flowers: Janine Britt - Pigeon - Gaywing Flight Team - First Place

Plants & Flowers: Rich Gill - Bay City - Majestic Mushrooms - Second Place

Plants & Flowers: Nancy Nickerson - Midland - White Trout Lily - Third Place

Plants & Flowers: John Britt - Pigeon - Blue-eyed Grass - Honorable Mention

Plants & Flowers: Molly Dando - Kinde - Wild Mushroom - Honorable Mention

Plants & Flowers: Janice Knoll - Birch Run - Lady Slipper - Honorable Mention

Plants & Flowers: William Gough - Bay City - Pitcher Plant Seed Pod - Honorable Mention

Plants & Flowers: Janet Becker - Walled Lake - Sunning Frog - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 11 - Parker Haller - Bay City - Dewed Spruce - Second Place

Student: Age 7 - Brooke Moeller - Essexville - Fuzzy Family - Third Place

Student: Age 10 - Samantha Kowalczyk - Linwood - Eye of the Orthoptera - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 17 - Hanna Ferguson - Bay City - Intricate Flowers - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 17 - Charles Barcia - Bay City - Fly on a Pad - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 15 - Grace Mosher - Bay City - Leave Nothing but Footprints - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 7 - Rowan Chapman - Bay City - Make a Wish - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 11 - Max Michalak - Auburn - Michigan Wildflowers - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 7 - Brooke Moeller - Essexville - Ol' Moss Back - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 11 - Caitlin Sakkinen - Bay City - One Leg to Stand On - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 17 - Charles Barcia - Bay City - Purple Passion - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 16 - Megan Britton - Frankenmuth - Raindrops on Daisy - Honorable Mention

Student: 14 Michalak Sam Auburn Screech Owl - Honorable Mention

Student: Age 17 - Gabrielle Storrs - Saginaw - Vlinder - First Place

Student: Age 11 - Gretchen Mosher - Bay City - Waiting for a Friend - Honorable Mention

Student Age 12 - Madison Jammer - Birch Run - Japanese Beetle - Honorable Mention

Wildlife: John Britt - Pigeon - Stained-Glass Wings - Second Place

Wildlife: Wayne Warner - Gladwin - Gray Fox Pups - Third Place

Wildlife: Kim LeBlanc - St. Charles - Eagle in Snow - Honorable Mention

Wildlife: Dave Harmon - Beaverton - Eyes - Honorable Mention

Wildlife: Terry Klein - St. Charles - Look Out World, Here I come - Honorable Mention

Wildlife: Jill Jones - Bay City - Playing Possum - Honorable Mention

Wildlife: Dave Harmon - Beaverton - Transparent - Honorable Mention

Links to winning photos: 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

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Steve Kent and his family have lived in Bay City for 30 years. He is VP of Technical Services at MMCC which produces MyBayCity.Com. Kent is active in many Bay City civic organizations.

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