Picture Your Watershed Winners 2016!

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 4:25pm

Adorable siblings, striking sunsets and everything in between were featured in The Watershed Foundation’s annual “Picture your Watershed” photo contest. The diverse lands, lakes and perspectives found throughout the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed were highlighted through 101 unique pictures during the largest contest to date.

The competition offered three judging categories: Wet n’ Wildlife, Lovin’ the Lakes and Nature’s Studio, along with a special People’s Choice vote that lasted throughout the month of December.

Winners include:

Nature’s Studio:Ray Taylor, Reflecting, Little Barbee Lake

Wet n’ Wildlife:Michele Heldt, Muskie Jumping in the Mornin Lake Tippecanoe

Lovin’ the Lakes: Shane Hastings, Sharing a Sunset between Friends, Ridinger Lake

Over 1,500 votes were cast through TWF’s Facebook page to select the top People’s Choice photo, Giving Kisses, Sibling Love on Lake Tippy, taken by Whitney Ford, which received 231 votes. Eighty votes separated the top two photos which made for an exciting last few days of the contest. 

TWF appreciates everyone who submitted their pictures and voted for their favorites. A special thanks is also extended to Bart’s Watersports for generously donating gift certificates to each of the winners. The watershed is filled with creative and passionate individuals who help support TWF’s mission of protecting and improving our lakes, land and watershed so that future generations can also enjoy the natural treasures of the area.

The Watershed Foundation (TWF) was founded in 1997 to protect and improve water quality in the Upper Tippecanoe River Watershed; spanning from Crooked Lake in Whitley County to the Warsaw-Winona area. Over the past 20 years, TWF has worked with farmers and lake residents to implement over 200 water quality improvement projects. In the last three years alone, these efforts have prevented over 556 million pounds of weeds and algae from growing in area lakes and streams.