Photographing Lincoln Memorial Garden

by Kathy Andrews Wright

Lincoln Memorial Garden’s second annual “Images of Lincoln Memorial Garden” Photography Contest

was a tremendous success, with an increase from the inaugural content in both the number of photographers and the number of images. Twenty-five photographers submitted a total of 144 images this year. The intent of the contest is to encourage Springfield-area residents to document the beauty and use of Lincoln Memorial Garden.

Professional photographer and LMG board member Dick Adorjan, speaking on behalf of himself and his co-judges, Springfield-area professional photographers Dannyl Dolder and John Muchow, said, “There were so many good photographs entered this year that it made our job as judges very difficult. We were excited to see the Garden through the eyes of these 25 photographers and found that they captured so many different and interesting aspects of the Garden.”

The seven first-place photographs were displayed during the 2018 Indian Summer Festival, with festival visitors voting for one additional recognition: People’s Choice. Competition was intense, but by the time the festival closed, Mason McCoy’s bald cypress image titled “Summer Ice” had garnered recognition as the People’s Choice.

Keep your camera at hand this year as you walk the Garden’s trails and enjoy sponsored programs and activities. Watch for information on the 2019 contest on the Garden’s Facebook page and website.

Winning Entries

16 and Over

Birds: Travis Henke, “Green Heron”

Wildflowers: Jessica Grim, “Daylily”

Landscapes: Mason McCoy, “Summer Ice”

Other: JJ Gouin, “Nursery Web Spider”

15 and Under

Birds: No entries received

Wildflowers: Jessica Hill, “Tiny Steps”

Landscapes: Jackie Tucka, “Ostermeier Prairie and Greenhouse”

Other: Jessica Hill, “Can’t See Me”

Also receiving recognition as Honorable Mention winners were:

16 and Over

Birds: Rick Wright, “Juvenile Great Blue Heron”

Wildflowers: Broc Hunter, “Mactrast”

Landscape: Ann Londrigan, “Fun with Shadows in Ostermeier Prairie”

Landscape: Broc Hunter, “Lake Springfield Lightning”

Other: Travis Henke, “Leucistic Fox Squirrel”

Other: Timothy Palmer, “Blue Spider”

15 and Under

Other:  Jackie Tucka, “Rabbit”


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