On behalf of the coalition of environmental groups that includes the Lake County Chapter of the Sierra Club, Lake County Audubon Society, Midwest Sustainability Group, Friends of the Indian Creek Watershed, Livable Lake County, and Openlands, we thank everyone who has participated in the photo contest of a greenway that once was slated to be the Route 53 Extension. Although the official contest is now closed, we are accepting entries at the upcoming Route 53 Corridor Open Space event at the Heron Creek Forest Preserve on November 7, which will run from noon to 4 pm. Prizes up to $400 will be awarded for winning photos.
So, grab your cameras, catch some sun, and marvel at the colors of seasons in one of the Chicago region’s most beautiful natural landscapes. The photos will help experience the beauty and splendor of these lands, where scenic views and rare habitats provide local communities with a gateway to connect to nature and improve their health, resilience, and quality of life.
No photography experience is required, and participants can live anywhere. The competition is restricted to amateur-level photographers only, rather than professionals. There is a $10 entrance fee for adults, and children are free – all proceeds go towards the contest.
Photos must be taken within the corridor, which is highlighted on a map here: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/396be23d2f0d49dcb36e3c2b2296aea3.
For those of you that aren’t lucky enough to live in or along this scenic greenway, the map shows several beautiful places open to the public.
Once judges select the winning images, the Adler Arts Center will graciously host an exhibition. Due to COVID-19, the exhibition will now be held from January 14 through the 29th to place them on display. The Coalition is sponsoring a reception at the arts center on Friday, January 14. In addition, Sierra Club, Lake County Audubon, and Openlands will share photos that place on their websites. Prizes will be sent to winners in January.