Photography winners announced in L-W North Environmental Action Club contest
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lincoln-Way North High Schools Environmental Action Club recently announced the winners of its 4th annual Wild About Photography contest.

Jackie Williams captured the community award and Michelle Zralka, a junior at Lincoln-Way North, won the student category as the judges admired their colorful photos.

One of the goals of the project is to fill a wall at Lincoln-Way North with pictures of plants and animals found in our area, said Lincoln-Way North science teacher and Environmental Club sponsor Scott McCreary who helped organize the contest.

Jackie and Michelle did a great job capturing the beauty of some of these unique plants, he added.

Their goal is to inspire others to rediscover the beauty and wonder of nature.

Jackie Williams photo of lavender wild lupine was taken at the Interpretive Gardens located at the Frankfort Square Park District Center on Braemar Avenue.

Michelle Zralkas photo of an ornamental white flower was taken right in her front yard garden. Michelle is a 3-year member of the Environmental Action Club at North and has volunteered for many outdoor projects.

The photo contest is a key way for the community and students at Lincoln-Way North to begin to notice the environment around them and notice the natural areas close to home. Enjoying nature does not mean driving far away from home to massive forest preserves, but can simply mean noticing the nature surroundings that are so commonly overlooked, such as creek basins and prairie communities along walkways. This photo contest showcases an important feature in our community, native wildlife that can be experienced easily by all, McCreary noted.

Both photos are now hanging in the main corridor of Lincoln-Way North along with the previous years winners. The student award is named after Lincoln-Way North High Schools first principal Dr. Michael Gardner, a former biology teacher who recognizes the biological importance of native plants and animals.

The community award is named after Frankfort Square Park District executive director Jim Randall, the driving force behind natural areas in Frankfort Square.

Submissions for the next Wild About Photography contest are already being accepted. The deadline to enter is October 31. For more information or to learn more about the Lincoln-Way North Environmental Action Club, visit http://www.lw210.org/prairieproject/index.html.