Friends of the Refuge Headwaters announces photo contest winners
Photographers are recognized for their views of the Upper Mississippi.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic canceled many planned events worldwide, one annual event seemed perfect for the times.
The Friends of the Refuge Headwaters group held a wildlife photography contest. Finding vantage points to capture the beauty of the northernmost area of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge was a perfect distancing activity.
Most of the winners came from the bluff-lined city of Winona, with Lewis Shira, of Winona, winning the best young photographer category.
Theresa Kuschel, of La Crescent, took first place in “Scenic Views of the Refuge.”
Lisa Reid, of Trempealeau, Wis., won “Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge” with her photo of a trumpeter swan.
Denise Vujnovich, of La Crosse, Wis., won the “Connecting People with Nature on the Refuge” category.
Winning photographs can be found online at friendsoftherefugeheadwaters.org .
John Weiss and Rick Frietsche, both -0of Rochester, and Heidi Bryant, of Winona, judged the contest.