“Water Is” Annual Photo Contest

The “Water Is” photo contest recognizes Illinois photographers who have captured what water means for them, their communities, and the state. Hosted by the Illinois Water Resources Center and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, professional, amateur, and youth photographers alike are asked each year to share their best shots. Winners are selected by a panel of judges and featured in print and online outreach materials.

2016 Winners


Paul Gierhart, professional division
Melissa Corley, youth 14 and older division
Jennifer Byard, adult amateur division
Eireann Byard, youth 13 and younger division

Honorable Mentions

Paul Gierhart, professional division
Kayla Campbell, youth 14 and older division
Ginger Passalacqua, adult amateur division
Sorin Hilsabeck, youth 13 and younger division

Additional Entries

Visit our Flickr page to see all the “Water Is” photo entries.