Birds and Buds: Wildlife Photo Contest


Do you see Lake County differently? Do you take the time to experience it in all its natural beauty? Lake County Tourism wants you to capture those perfect moments to share.

The annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival highlights our deep-rooted love for fauna and flora, and this year they are holding a photo contest prior to the event that promotes appreciation of the area’s natural resources and quality of life.

Those who wish to enter should submit their nature photography, which features some Lake County element, to the Wings & Wildflowers website by Aug. 1st.

Thirteen entrees will be selected to make up the 2017 Wings & Wildflowers Festival Calendar. The first place winner will be on the cover and the photographer will be awarded at the festival’s keynote dinner Saturday, Oct. 15.

To enter you must be at least 18 years of age, and you may only submit up to three photos. If you need more information on the competition or the festival itself, please call 352.742.3928., or visit

About the Author

Michelle was born in the heat of South Florida, but has called Lake County “home” for the last 9 years. Latching on to the idea that “if you want to be a little bit of everything, be a writer,” Michelle found her focus in a Leesburg high school Journalism class. Fascinated by the model of a renaissance man, she has since had her hand in many areas such as dance, travel, food, film, theatre, history, as well as costuming and Fashion design. But Michelle’s focus has always been the written word. While garnering a Bachelor’s degree In English Literature from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fl, she was a part of The International English Honors society, Sigma Tau Delta and a regular contributor to the literary zine, Paperfinger. She is now, at 24, nearing the end of her Master’s program In English & Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, with a particular interest in poetry and the Romantics. As many of her interests are culturally fueled, she finds it important to fully absorb the world around and let her writing reflect these varied influences. Also believing “lower standards will lower the culture,” Michelle aims to keep standards high in her writing by being in tune with the community. She is ecstatic to be associated with the quality people and publications at Aker’s Media Group, who have their finger on the pulse of the community.

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