Local photographers earn awards for eye catching images captured in Crawford County
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Amateur shutterbugs earned awards for eye catching photos taken in nearly every corner of Crawford County.
The Crawford- Roscommon Conservation District joined the Farm Market at the AuSable River Center in Roscommon for their annual conservation expo held on Sept. 23.
“This is a great local partnership,” said Barb Stauffer, the administrator for the Crawford-Roscommon Conservation District. “People stopping by could pick up their tree seedlings they had previously ordered, purchase Michigan books, obtain environmental information, shop at the farm market, purchase raffle tickets to take home a prize, and winning amateur photos were chosen by the public. The Historical Train Club was also providing train rides for families.”
Forty photos were submitted this year and were on display for the public to vote on. Over 100 people attended the popular event.
Categories for the photo contest included floral, forestry, landscape, recreation, and wildlife.
Roslyn Van Nuck gathered a first place finish in landscape, one third place award in floral, and two honorable mention awards in forestry and recreation. It was her first year submitting photos for the local photo contest.
Van Nuck said her affection for ducks prompted her to get involved in photography.
“It was just my love for ducks that got me started,” Van Nuck said. “I was a teenager, and I just thought they were so beautiful.”
Van Nuck’s first place photo for forestry was taken as the first snow of the winter covered the trees and vegetation along the AuSable River. She took the photo while she was walking her dogs.
“It was the first snow and it was so calming and beautiful,” Van Nuck said.
Karen DeHart, of Grayling, also entered the photo contest for first time this year. She has been taking photos for nearly two decades, which was sparked by her love for the outdoors and hiking.
“Growing up, I always had a camera with me,” DeHart said. “It’s just a hobby.”
DeHart scored a second place finish in the landscape category. DeHart captured her winning photo of fall colors glistening around Lake Margrethe as she was traveling to Shirley’s Cafe for breakfast.
“It was just beautiful,” DeHart said. “When I see something, I’ve got to go for it.”
Katy Nolph, of Higgins Lake, won two first place awards for forestry and recreation, two second place awards in floral and wildlife and an honorable mention in landscape.
Nolph gained an interest in photography through her love of the outdoors. She has been taking photos for a dozen years.
“I just love nature, and being outside, you may as well capture the moments you want to remember,” Nolph said.
A pair of Nolph’s award-winning photos were taken at Hanson Hills, which is located in Grayling Charter Township. Her award-winning forestry photo features dew drops covering a leaf on the forest floor.
“I was disc golfing and I looked down it caught my eye,” Nolph said. “I always have my camera with me.”
This was Nolph’s third year entering the contest.
Mary Garrott, of Lovells, won an honorable mention award in the landscape category. Garrott, and her husband Ken, were traveling back from having dinner when the sun popped through the clouds.
“It was just toward the end of the evening, and the sun came out, and it was absolutely beautiful,” Garrott said.
It was Garrott’s first venture into photography and Ken encouraged her to submit the photo into the local contest.
“That was just at the spur of the moment because it was so beautiful,” Garrott said.
George McKim, of Grayling, won a first place award in the wildlife category, and two second place awards in the floral and recreation categories.
McKim’s captured a cedar waxwing eating crabapples off a tree in his yard.
“I think they have to freeze once or twice to soften them up, and when they do, they get right on it,” McKim said.
McKim said a brood of birds stopped in the area for a pre-Christmas feast.
“It took them two days, they cleaned them up, and they were gone,” McKim said.
A mainstay in the photo contest, McKim took last year off, but was encouraged by a neighbor to submit photos again this year.
McKim said he enjoys sharing his love for outdoors with people that see his photographs.
“It gets me out and it makes you look closer at things,” he said. “A lot people don’t get out, and it’s nice to share that.”
All photos are now on display in the conservation district office located in the Roscommon County Building, 500 Lake Street in Roscommon. The office is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Stop in and see these beautiful photos of our area,” Stauffer said.