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Tamarac Refuge awards top photo contest honors

Winner of the Wildlife catergory, was Muskrat Munchies by Rod Anton of Lake Park. He also earned Editor's Choice and Manager's Choice honors with the photo.1 / 4
Pam Lehmann's Sunset and Lace, took first in the Scenic category and also earned her Grand Prize accolades.2 / 4
Shirley Read's Autumn Burst took third in the Scenic category. Read is from Ogema.3 / 4
Winding River by Truman Grove, Alexandria, took second in the Scenic category.4 / 4

The beauty and spirit of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge was once again captured by visitors in many unique ways.

This year there were 33 participants and a record of 85 entries. A total of three entries could be submitted by each participant.

The categories were: Wildlife, Plant Life, Recreation, Nature's Abstracts, and Scenic. The grand prize winner, Sunset and Lace was taken by Pam Lehmann of Callaway.

For her efforts, she was awarded $75 cash. Lehmann began entering the contest in 2003 and has placed 12 times, winning the Grand Prize twice. Rod Anton's endearing Muskrat Munchies was the Refuge Manager's Choice and the Editor's Choice.

Cash awards and gift certificates to the Tamarac Gift Shop were also presented to the first, second and third place winners in each category.

Photographs taken by children, 12 and younger, were also recognized.

Judges were Brian Basham, photographer for the Detroit Lakes Tribune, professional photographers LaVonne and Norbert Caulfield of Detroit Lakes, and professional photographer and field editor of Birds and Blooms magazine, Roland Jordahl of Pelican Rapids.

The photo contest began in 2002 with three categories, 16 participants and 39 entries. To say the least, the contest has blossomed. With the advent of digital photography and its recent affordability, everyone can become a nature photographer. It's a great excuse to get outside and enjoy all that Tamarac has to offer.

The annual photo contest provides Tamarac the opportunity to increase its photo collection used to promote the refuge and its mission. All photos may be used in public presentations at the refuge, in schools and for community organizations. Photos may also be utilized in brochures, exhibits and newspaper.

The annual photo contest is co-sponsored by the Tamarac Interpretive Association, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate activities and programs that interpret, protect and restore the natural and cultural resources of the refuge.

Contest winners


• Muskrat Munchies by Rod Anton, Lake Park

• Trumpeter Swan Family by Leo Keane, Whitefish, MT

• Family Outing by Greg Stetz, Detroit Lakes Nature's Abstracts

• Wet Water Lily Pad by Jennifer Boots Marshall, Sapulpa, OK

• Columbine Wildflower Burst by Miles Mudderman, Rothsay

• Snowbird Angel by Michele Gedgaud, Moorhead Plant Life

• Elegant Lady by Rod Anton, Lake Park

• Yellow Lady's Slipper by Miles Mudderman, Rothsay

• Yellow Lady's Slipper by Kathleen Curphy, Wadena Scenic

• Sunset and Lace by Pam Lehmann, Callaway

• Winding River by Truman Grove, Alexandria

• Autumn Burst by Shirley Read, Ogema

• Blackbird Trail by Carolyn Wenger, Detroit Lakes Recreation

• Last Cast by George Read, Ogema

• A Day on the Lake by Dannon Yliniemi, Detroit Lakes

• Ricing by Carolyn Wenger, Detroit Lakes Children's category, 12 and under

• Nature's By-Plane by Connor Yamane, Detroit Lakes

• Columbine Wildflower Burst by Miles Mudderman, Rothsay

• I'm Stuffed by Colton Kostynick, Perham

Grand Prize -- Sunset and Lace by Pam Lehmann

Manager's Choice -- Muskrat Munchies by Rod Anton, Lake Park

Editor's Choice -- Muskrat Munchies by Rod Anton