A couple of days ago I received my "December Bay" photo back from the Gillette Nature Association winter photo contest I had submitted it to. I didn't think it had received anything, but when I opened the envelope, there was an honorable mention ribbon inside, and velcro on the back of the piece from where it had been displayed for a month in the visitor center! That was pretty cool! The contest had been advertised statewide, including on the Michigan.gov website, which was where I saw it.
They also sent a flyer for their next photo contest, which is deeply intriguing, (fungus and lichens... a perfect subject for microscope work!) However, my husband is moving us to a new state soon, so I don't know if I'll be able to enter.
Here's the honorably mentioned photo: