Friends of Refuge unveils winners of photo contest reveling in beauty of nature, wildlife

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Cathy Richardson of Winona won first place in the Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge category for this photo, which she titled, “Hey, Watch Me Stick This Landing.”

WINONA, Minn. — Friends of the Refuge Headwaters chose winners of its Summer and Fall on Our Refuge Photo Contest from among 55 entries from 15 photographers.
Photos were required to be taken on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge or Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. The top three places in each category, announced Monday, will receive cash prizes.
Results in the four categories are:

Scenic Views of the Refuge
First: “An Observation of the Observation Deck” by Deedee Nadeau of Winona
Second: “Evening Beauty” by Nong Sundarapura of Winona
Third: “Early Morning” by Cathy Richardson of Winona

Wildlife and Plants of the Refuge
First: “Hey, Watch Me Stick This Landing” by Cathy Richardson
Second: “Mirror, Mirror …” by Richardson
Third: “Jabba the Toad” by Lisa Reid of Trempealeau

Connecting People with Nature on the Refuge
First: “Back in the Backwater” by Nong Sundarapura
Second: “Paddling with Pelicans” by Deedee Nadeau of Winona
Third: “Getting to Know the Refuge” by John Kenkel of Rochester, Minn.

Young Nature Photographers
First: “Quiet Morning” by Isabelle Katwa of Winona
Second: “Sneaky” by Katwa
Third: “Early Morning Rays” by Katwa

Winning photos will be on display at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge on the second floor of 102 Walnut St. in Winona beginning Friday. Additional exhibitions at other locations will be announced.

Contest judges were Rick Frietsche of Rochester, Gayle Maule of Buffalo City, Wis., and Cassandra Skaggs visiting from Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Marion, Ill.
Friends of the Refuge Headwaters are a citizen-based, nonprofit organization that partners with and supports the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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