Powder Valley Nature Center announces winners of its nature photo contest

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KIRKWOOD, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center has announced the results of its 2019 nature photo contest.

“Our second annual Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center Amateur Photo Contest was a success with 40 photographers submitting 100 photos,” said MDC Naturalist Shelly Colatskie.

The contest opened in February of 2019 and was free of charge to amateur photographers of all ages. Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention) in eight categories were selected. The contest accepted photos taken by amateur photographers at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, nearby Emmenegger Nature Park/Possum Woods Conservation Area, and Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area.

First place winning photographers in adult categories by location were:

  • Powder Valley Nature Center
    • Winter: Kerry Hodges
    • Spring: Edina Suhonjic
    • Summer: Edina Suhonjic
    • Fall: Janet Loesch
    • Water: Mike Boland
    • Plants: Edina Suhonjic
    • Wildlife: Annette Gottschschall
    • People and Nature: Kerry Hodges


  • Emmenegger Nature Park/Possum Woods
    • Winter: Kate Sprague
    • Summer: Steven Davies
    • Fall: Steven Davies
    • Water: Kate Sprague
    • Plants: Steven Davies
    • Wildlife: Laura Greene Lageson
    • People and Nature: Chris Thomson


  • Claire Gempp Davidson Memorial Wildlife Area
    • Winter: Chris Thomson
    • Summer: Jill Schultz
    • Fall: Ron O’Reilly
    • Water: Kate Sprague
    • Plants: Jamie Ricks
    • Wildlife: Kate Sprague
    • People and Nature: Chris Thomson
    • Winter: Chris Thomson


First place winners in youth categories were:

  • Powder Valley Youth Fall: Cynthia Monzyk
  • Powder Valley Youth Plants: Caleb Hayes
  • Powder Valley Youth Wildlife: Ruby Guthrie
  • Powder Valley Youth People and Nature: Caleb Hayes
  • Emmenegger Nature Park/Possum Woods Wildlife: John C.


“We loved seeing Missourians discover and enjoy the outdoors through photography,” Colatskie said.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.  

In addition to having their photos displayed at Powder Valley during the month of February, contest winners also received award ribbons.