“Early Fall” was the Best in Show winner of the 2019 Pics of the  Parks photo contest. Wai Nguyen, of Troy, shot the image at  Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston.

“Early Fall” was the Best in Show winner of the 2019 Pics of the Parks photo contest. Wai Nguyen, of Troy, shot the image at Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston.

Photo provided by Oakland County Parks and Recreation


Winners ‘pic’ked in annual parks photo contest

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published October 28, 2019

 Martha Myers, of Ortonville, took honorable mention in the recreation category of the annual Oakland County Pics of the Parks photo  contest with her entry titled “Tranquility.”

Martha Myers, of Ortonville, took honorable mention in the recreation category of the annual Oakland County Pics of the Parks photo contest with her entry titled “Tranquility.”

Photo provided by Oakland County Parks and Recreation

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OAKLAND COUNTY — The only thing that the Oakland County Parks system has more of than fun things to do is great views.

In fact, from spring through early fall, there were at least 131 views to enjoy, as evidenced by the images submitted by visitors for the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Pics of the Parks photo contest.

Forty-one photographers entered the sixth annual competition’s five categories: parks, animals, recreation, kids and dogs. The photos were blind judged by members of the Oakland Camera Club.

Photographer and radio personality Spike, of 95.5 FM’s Channel 955 “Mojo in the Morning Show,” chose the Best of Show winner, called “Early Fall” and taken at Independence Oaks County Park in Clarkston by Wai Nguyen, of Troy. The photo will be featured on the cover of the 2020 Oakland County Parks and Recreation Annual Report.

“This year’s entries were the most colorful I’ve seen,” Spike said in a press release. “They reflected a variety of great recreational uses of the parks and showed some of the creatures big and small who enjoy Oakland County’s wide-open spaces. But the image I chose highlights the real star attraction: nature. This photo perfectly captures the peaceful and colorful slow change of autumn. The photographer did a great job of balancing the warm and cool colors — it makes me want to visit this park.”

All of the entries can be found at OaklandCountyParks.SmugMug.com. Additionally, the winning shots will be displayed in the Great Hall of the Wint Nature Center, located inside Independence Oaks County Park.

It may sound cheesy, but Oakland County Parks and Recreation Department Executive Officer Dan Stencil said all of the entries really are considered winners.

“In order to involve more participants, the rules allow for each photographer to win only one award in each category,” he said in a press release. “Many of the photographers have participated for multiple years. We love looking at our parks through our visitors’ camera lenses.”

Martha Myers, of Ortonville, is one of those shutterbugs who has competed in the contest several times. She earned four honorable mention awards, including one for the image she shot at Independence Oaks park, called “Tranquility” and submitted in the recreation category.

“‘Tranquility’ is a photo of my niece and her first time kayaking,” Myers said in an email. “It was a beautiful view as I pushed my son in the stroller. As the seasons changed, you can see the real beauty of nature and the outdoors. Over the last six years of the Oakland County Parks’ Pics of the Parks contests, I was able to share this beauty with others through my photographs. As an escape from the big city, my family visits me in Michigan, and I take them to Independence Oaks. It is a way to try something new like kayaking, archery, fishing or just to unwind and stay connected with each other on a quiet, scenic walk.” 

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