Vote For Favorite Photo In Preserve's 2021 Photo Contest

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WILL COUNTY, IL — The first round of voting is underway for the sixth annual Preserve the Moment Photo Contest from the Forest Preserve District of Will County. According to the preserve, the first round of public voting on Facebook will determine the top three photos, and a second round will determine the overall winners.

The first round of voting is underway on the Forest Preserve District’s Facebook page and ends at 11:59 a.m. on Jan. 12, the preserve said.

Winning photos that were chosen monthly by judges during the contest time period of May through December 2021 will be posted to the Facebook page. To vote for your favorite, “like” or comment on the individual photo post that you want to win. You can vote for more than one photo, but only one comment per photo will count in the tally, the preserve said.

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The eight photos that won their monthly contests and the photographers who snapped the winning pics are:

Find the photos and vote on the preserve’s Facebook.

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  • May: A rare sighting of a weasel perched on a tree trunk at Rock Run Preserve, Darek Konopka of Romeoville
  • June: A crayfish with its claws raised in the air like a triumphant boxer at Hickory Creek Preserve, Megan Crandall of New Lenox
  • July: The rising sun peeking through an oak branch at Hickory Creek Preserve, Byron Morgan of Crete
  • August: Tall grass on a misty morning at Hadley Valley Preserve, Michelle Wendling of Joliet
  • September: Pokeweed adorned with water droplets and a spider web, Eileen Capodice of Minooka
  • October: Close-up photo of a charming chipmunk at Hammel Woods, Antonio Joseph of Rockdale
  • November: The earthy brown forest floor with golden sugar maples in the distance, Bob Bruining of Lockport
  • December: Male pileated woodpecker nurturing its nestling with a regurgitated meal, Eileen Capodice

The top three vote-getters will vie for overall honors in the second round of voting that will take place from noon on Jan. 13, to 11:59 a.m. on Jan. 17, also on Facebook, according to the preserve.

Overall contest winners will receive Visa gift cards of $500 for first place; $250 for second place; and $150 for third place.

All photo contest entrants received participation gifts, monthly winners received $75 Visa gift cards, the preserve said. Three random drawings also will be held for all contest participants. The three winners will each receive a $75 Visa gift card. Only those participants who have not won a prize in the 2021 contest will be eligible for the drawing. Prizes are funded by The Nature Foundation of Will County.

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