“Maximilian Sunflower” by Steven Mathews will grace the cover of Homewood Izaak Walton Nature Preserve's 2023 calendar. (Provided photo)
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Winning photos selected for Izaak Walton’s 2023 calendar

The lavish sunsets, the beautiful greenery and nature alive in the environment will be well represented in the 2023 calendar presented by the Izaak Walton Nature Preserve.

“Maximilian Sunflower” by Steven Mathews will grace the cover of Homewood Izaak Walton Nature Preserve's 2023 calendar. (Provided photo)
“Maximilian Sunflower” by Steven Mathews will grace the cover of Homewood Izaak Walton Nature Preserve’s 2023 calendar. (Provided photo)

The top photos for each month, as well as the front and back covers have been selected.

The winners are:

  • January: “Wintery Glow” by Jim Shover
  • February: “Ice” by Laura Devine
  • March: “Fox” by Howard Stark
  • April: “Bloodroot” by Ingrid van Drongelen
  • May: “Fuzzy Goslings” by Kenneth Pangburn
  • June: “Warts and All” by Howard Wolinsky
  • July: “Ducks” by Amanda Mikrut
  • August: “Goodmorning from God” by Kristi Yapp
  • September: “Cat” by Laura Barnoski
  • October: “Fungi Funhouse” by Tina Ray
  • November: “November Sundown” by Suzanne Mitchell
  • December: “Frosty Bridge” by Todd Wittenberg 

The front cover, “Maximilian Sunflower,” is by Steven Mathews and the back cover, “Golden Rays,” is by Topher Campbell.

A panel of five professional photographers from across Illinois were the outstanding judges who sifted through 190 photos to select their favorites. Then Izaak Walton’s Facebook page gave supporters a chance to “like” their favorites, which helped break any ties in judging.

The Homewood Izaak Walton Photo Committee thanks Rich Chapman, Richard “Camera 2” Chapman, Mat Zook, Henry Matthiessen III and Mary Hackl for their time as judges.

Details will be available soon on the upcoming sale of the calendars.  For further information, contact the Izaak Walton Photo Committee at [email protected].

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