Friends of the Jordan River Watershed Announces Winners in its 10th Annual “Visions of the Valley” Photo Contest

The Friends of the Jordan River Watershed is pleased to announce the winners of its tenth annual Visions of the Valley photo contest and the debut of its 2015 calendar, “Splash of Seasons.” More than $1200 was awarded in prizes at the organization's fall celebration on September 20 in East Jordan. The 2015 calendar is dedicated to Dr. John Richter, longtime president of the Friends and one of its founders, who died earlier this year.


Calendar Cover, “Autumn Reflections” by Preston Cole
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Top award winners were: Grand Prize, “Autumn Reflections” by Preston Cole of Mancelona, who also earned a calendar month for “Home Sweet Home”; Viewers Choice Award, “Ballet Practice” by Nik Ury of East Jordan; President's Choice Award, “A Reflection of Richter” by Rick Hawley of East Jordan; and Youth Award, “Simply Beautiful” by Elliot Ruggero of Austin, TX.

Also claiming calendar months and cash awards were: “Undisturbed” and “A New Day” by Heather Outman of East Jordan; “Frosty Morning, Frosty Woodpile” and “Dragon Fly's Lair” by Jan Goodwin of East Jordan; “Afternoon Walk” by Courtney McKenzie of East Jordan; “Trillium Glow in the Valley” and “Winter Fun at Pinney Bridge” by Teresa Cole of Mancelona; “Pink Coneflower Bumblers” by Sheri McWhirter of Elmira; and “Last Stand on Cinder Hill Road” by Teresa Payne of Greenfield, TN. All photos were taken in the Jordan River Watershed. This year's juror was photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick of Grand Rapids.

The Friends of the Jordan thanks its many sponsors, which include lead sponsors Bay Winds Federal Credit Union and Charlevoix State Bank, along with sponsors EJ, East Jordan Plastics, Central Lake Pharmacy, Jordan Valley Animal Clinic, Dr. Kaysserian and Access Dental, Sodalicious and Marty's Cones, Bier Art Galley, Riparia Ltd, John and Phyllis Dedoes, Barb V. White, Abdeen Jabara and Holly Maguigan, and Steve and Amy Umlor.

Winning photographs and all photographs entered will be up for viewing soon on this web site,  A portion of the proceeds from calendar sales support the FOJ's Young Friends of the Jordan summer program for grades three to eight.

Another Great Year for Young Friends of the Jordan

The weather was perfect for the last day of this years Young Friends Program. Each session the kids were able to get out and experience the wild wonders of the Jordan River Valley first hand!

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