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Photo Contest Winners and Winter Bash

Save the Wild U.P. (SWUP) is pleased to announce the winners of its Intern Corps-led Photography contest: A Sense of Place: Nature, Industry and Culture in the Upper Peninsula. The contest was open to all residents of the Upper Peninsula and highlighted the unique blend of natural beauty and industrial history of the Upper Peninsula. The contest ran for five weeks and SWUP received submissions from all across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The photo contest called upon the U.P.’s most talented photographers and they will be featured in our 2015 Calendar. Calendars will be available for purchase Monday, December 8th, exclusively at Dead River Coffee Roasters in downtown Marquette.

The winners, in no rank, are as follows:

  • Danielle Adams, “Out of the Fog”
  • Glen Perrow, “Reflections”
  • Corey Kelly, “Kiln Magnum Rd #3″
  • Paul Nelson, “Moonlit Presque”
  • Colton Wesolosk, “Old Reliable”
  • Lindsay Bean, “Red Mud”
  • Chris Canchola, “Untitled # 3″
  • Seija Kenn, “Untitled # 5″
  • Slyssa Peterson, “Sticky Icky Snow”
  • Alex Maier, “Roundabout to the light”

Save the Wild U.P. will be at the Ore Dock Brewing Company to celebrate the winning photographs from our first ever photo contest and ring in the new year with a Winter Bash fundraiser!  Join us Wednesday, January 21st from 7-9 pm in the upstairs community space of the Ore Dock. Local bluegrass band, Sparrow Tree will be taking the stage and the one and only Dia De Los Tacos will be slinging tacos over by the fireplace. $10 Suggested donation at  the door. We can’t wait to see ya, eh!

More details on the contest:

Photo contest judges Melissa Matuscak, Christine Hinz-Lenzen, and Shawn Malone are celebrated cultural leaders in the Upper Peninsula. Melissa Matuscak is the curator and director of the DeVos Art Museum at  Northern Michigan University (NMU). 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.

Save the Wild U.P.’s Intern Corps has worked on the details and behind-the-scenes aspects of the photo contest since the beginning of this semester. SWUP’s Internship program aims to empower 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, History and Industry of the Upper Peninsula is led and organized by interns dedicated  to creating community engagement through creative outreach.





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