Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 29, 2013

A moment in 'Paradise'

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Craig Goodrich isn’t a professional photographer with a fancy DSLR camera.

But his photo of a dragonfly on Perch Lake beat out images by more seasoned photographers to capture first place in this year’s Art of the Watershed photo contest.

“I am just a guy who likes to take pictures,” said Goodrich, of East Bay Township, whose work will be featured in an Art of the Watershed calendar and exhibit. “It’s a fun hobby.”

Goodrich is one of 14 amateur and professional photographers who submitted a total of 70 entries in the contest, said Denise Baker, advancement specialist with The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. Others included second place winner Ragnar Avery (“ Dancing Amongst the Flowers”), third place winner Chris Brown (“Solitude”) and honorable mention winner Shane Wyatt (“Point Betsie Light”).

Each of the photographers will have at least one piece in the exhibit and all their photos will be on display in a slide presentation, Baker said. A smaller “subset” will appear in the 2014 calendar, available for sale at the show.

Baker said the photos were chosen based on several criteria, including the ability to convey a “beautiful moment in ‘Paradise.’”

“It’s just a really fun way to capture the beauty of our region,” she said. “And it’s a way for folks in our area to capture their own talent. You don’t have to make a living in art to be a photographer.”

Goodrich said he shot the dragonfly in July near the dock at his Kalkaska County cottage. It’s one of two of his images that will appear in the calendar, including a snowy owl shot in November about a half-mile away.

“There’s so much wildlife around I’m always trying to capture it,” he said, adding that he takes his camera with him wherever he goes. “It’s being in the right place at the right time.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Watershed Center on West Bay Shore Drive Artists will donate a portion of sales to protect Grand Traverse Bay and its 1,000-square-mile watershed.

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