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Save the Wild U.P.’s Photography Contest brought to you by our Fall Interns!

meme-Fellows-actions-GandhiSave the Wild U.P. and their Fall Interns are holding U.P.wide Photography Contest!

Save the Wild U.P.’s (SWUP) Fall Intern Corps will be holding a photography contest that will highlight the unique blend of natural beauty and industrial history of the Upper Peninsula. The theme of the contest is A Sense of Place: Nature, Culture and Industry in the Upper Peninsula.

Community judges will choose winning pieces to appear in a Save the Wild U.P. 2015 calendar. Christine Hinz-Lenzen, Shawn Malone, and Melissa Matuscak will choose winning pieces to appear in a Save the Wild U.P. 2015 calendar in addition to contributing original work.

Judges Melissa Matuscak, Christine Hinz-Lenzen, and Shawn Malone are celebrated artists in the Upper Peninsula. Melissa Matuscak is the curator and director of the DeVos Art Museum at  Northern Michigan University. Christine Hinz-Lenzen is an Assistant Professor at NMU, and her work has been shown across the country and in Nova Scotia. Shawn Malone runs a photography gallery of her work, Lake Superior Photo in downtown Marquette and her work has appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS and FOX

The calendars will feature the winning photographs and will be available for purchase in time for holiday gift-giving. Save the Wild U.P.’s Outreach Coordinator Alexandra Maxwell believes this project “will be a fantastic way to unite the artistic and naturalist communities toward the common goal of protecting our wild places and sources of inspiration.”

Save the Wild U.P.’s Internship program has continuously focused on empowering tomorrow’s grassroots leaders. NMU students design and implement unique projects dedicated to engaging community members as concerned citizens and advocates for economic security and environmental stewardship. A Sense of Place: Nature, Culture and Industry in the Upper Peninsula is led and organized by interns dedicated  to creating community engagement through creative outreach.

The contest is open to all residents of the Upper Peninsula (this means individuals who can claim to live in the U.P. 75% of the time) who would like to submit a photo. Interested photographers can submit up to 5 photos on October 3rd, 2014 at until November 10, 2014 when the contest closes. The winners will be announced mid-November and will receive a complimentary calendar featuring their photo.

Contest begins on October 3rd and ends on November 10th at 3 pm. Pre-order your calendar to beat the rush! Please send inquiries and orders to

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