Summer is in full swing at Au Sable, and we're inviting you once again to send your best photos that capture the vibrant life on Au Sable campuses! Scour your hard-drive, photo albums, and old negatives and submit your best photographs for the Friends of Au Sable Photo Contest.

Friends of Au Sable invites all members of the Au Sable community to submit their most memorable photos taken during their time at Au Sable for the contest (see below for how to enter), and this year holds a special request.

Photos can be submitted for three categories: Field (photos of nature at Au Sable), Community (photos that capture Au Sable community), and Place (photos that capture the interaction between the Au Sable community and the natural world). Photos will be voted on through facebook and our photo contest website by the greater Au Sable community to win prizes(see below). We also have a non-voting category, we're loving calling, Bob, for photos you have of Bob Barr on the occasion of his retirement. We have a special prize for the winner selected in this category!

If you'd like to enter, please submit your photos, ranked in order of preference, by midnight on Thursday, July 25th to the following e-mail address (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). We will post a certain number of your pictures depending on the number of submissions we receive. All photos should include:

  • Your name
  • Submission category (field, community, place)
  • Year and term photo was taken
  • Location of the photo
  • Ranked order of preference

Our prizes include:

  • The Dave Mahan: Your very own, newly purchased pair of (Dave's famous) purple biking socks and a $30 gift certificate to your favorite outdoor store
  • The Bob Barr: Bob's analog smartphone (e.g., a notepad and pen) and a $30 gift certificate to a home repair, hardware or maintenance store for energy-efficient or green products of your choice
  • The Paul Wiemerslage: A book of Paul's choosing for carrying in the back pocket of your jeans and a $30 gift certificate for book or other education item purchases to increase your knowledge of the natural world
  • The Dieter Bouma: Dieter's home recipe for morning chai, including tea from the hills of South India, and a $30 gift certificate for your purchase of items to make your culinary life richer and more environmentally sustainable
  • The Lynn Drew: Lynn's trademark hooded sweatshirt for those cold days walking the dog and a $30 gift certificate to a store that will help you better enjoy the wildlife in your life
  • The Fred Van Dyke: A hand lens to shed light on the world's details and a $30 gift certificate to your favorite naturalist store

The grand prize, regardless of category, will be awarded by a panel of artistic, Au Sable alumni. The photo with the most votes for each category also will win one of the four prizes. Voting will last from July 26 to August 3 via our Photo Contest Website or our Facebook page (click on either link). Vote on our photo contest website through our polling feature, or on our facebook page by simply clicking "like" for the photo of your choice.

Happy selecting!