Congrats to Nature of Tech Camp Photographer- Anna Donner

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

National Wildlife Refuge system

News Release: Ocotber 18, 2012                       

Local Youth Takes Grand Prize

Thirteen year old Anna Donner of Ogema took the top honors in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge’s 11th Annual Photography Contest. Her photo, All in a Drop was chosen out of 153 entries.  In addition, Anna also took home a first place ribbon in the Nature’s Abstracts category and first in the 13-17 year old Youth Category for the same photo.

Anna’s winning photo was taken while out on a refuge field trip as part of a 5 day Nature of Technology summer day camp. The camp is sponsored by the White Earth Tribal and Community College Extension and is funded through a grant awarded by the MN State Community and Technical College , in partnership with the U of MN 4-H . The camp gives students an opportunity to learn GPS technology, Nature Photography, how to use an Apple iPad along with online editing and photo design programs. Students not only spent time on foot but kayaked Tamarac’s waters as well to gain a different perspective. “The camp is a great way to get kids outside to discover and capture nature” according to Joe Courneya, U of MN extension educator. Students process their work and prepare for a show at the end of the week as well as submitting photos to Tamarac’s contest. Anna did just that and won with using a simple point and shoot camera.

Brian Basham, photographer for the Detroit Lakes newspapers, Gale Kaas, publisher of the Frazee Forum, and Joe Allen, professional photographer returned for another year to judge the entries. The contest consists of five categories including Plant Life, Scenic, Nature’s Abstracts, Recreation, and Wildlife. There were two youth categories as well. There were 45 participants.

Currently, photos may be viewed on the Friends of Tamarac website at


Anna Donner’s award winning photo of Pine sap

The Tamarac NWR Photo Contest recognizes outstanding amateur photography that showcases the wildlife, plant life and natural beauty of the refuge. The contest provides the refuge an opportunity to increase its photo collection used to promote the refuge and its mission. All photos may be used in public presentations at the refuge and in local communities Photos may also be utilized in newspaper, brochures, exhibits, the refuge website, and Facebook page. Photos will also be exhibited during the year at local venues. The annual photo contest is sponsored by the Friends of Tamarac, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate activities and programs that interpret, protect and restore the natural and cultural resources of the refuge.

FMI: Janice Bengstom, Tamarac NWR,  (218) 847-2641×16

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