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2022 Annual Photo Contest

The Greater Arkansas Nature River Association (GARNA) recently completed the judging for its Eighth Annual Photo Contest. The panel consisted of Logan Myers, Joe and Kimmie Randall, David Brainer, and Lyndsay Bertram who also generously provided feedback to the submitting photographers.

Awards were made in six categories including a new one: Critical Scenic Views, aimed at advising land use planning for the Heritage Area. In addition, the “People’s Choice” Awards offered a chance for anyone to vote for their personal favorites.

The Winners Are:

2022 GARNA 1st Place: Color. “Once Upon A Time Colorado Lime Co. Jonnie Diederich photo

Category: Color

  • 1st Place: Jonnie Diederich
  • 2nd Place: Janine Frazee
  • 3rd Place: William Helms

2022 GARNA 1st Place: Pollinators. “Swallowtail”. Janine Frazee photo



Category: Pollinators

  • 1st Place: Janine Frazee
  • 2nd Place: Eliott Gordon
  • 3rd Place: Reed Dils




2022 GARNA 1st Place: Sky, “Zenith”. Andrea Wilkerson photo

Category: Sky

  • 1st Place: Andrea Wilkerson
  • 2nd Place: Taf McMurry
  • 3rd Place: Linda Gibas

2022 GARNA 1st Place: Water. “Three Elk Creek”. Wendell Day photo







Category: Water

  • 1st Place: Wendell Day
  • 2nd Place: Colin Treworgy
  • 3rd Place: Terri Fleming

2022 GARNA 1st Place: Wildlife. “Parent owl explaining how to hunt”. Reed Dils photo

Category: Wildlife

  • 1st Place: Reed Dils
  • 2nd Place: Janine Frazee
  • 3rd Place: Kathy Davidoff

2022 GARNA 1st Place: Critical Scenic Views. “Arkansas Sunset”. William Helms photo

Category: Critical Scenic Views

  • 1st Place: William Helms
  • 2nd & 3rd Place: William Helms

2022 GARNA 1st Place: People’s Choice. “The Western Lights”. John Vandewalle photo

Category: People’s Choice

  • 1st Place: John Vandewalle
  • 2nd Place: Maria Ohrn
  • 3rd Place: Taf McMurry


GARNA notes that it has a wide selection of 2022 photo products available to help people with their holiday shopping while helping support GARNA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. These include canvas and metal photo prints, card sets and the popular 2023 GARNA photo calendar.

Christmas Bird Count Nears

The annual Christmas Bird Count, a long time tradition, will be held on Dec. 17.

As previously reported by AVV’s Dan Smith, “the Christmas Bird Count is a national (and international) birding event every year to give ornithologists and those involved in species preservation efforts a broad volunteer force to help compile some important data on the health of numerous bird species.”

If you would like to participate or have questions, you are asked to Sally Waterhouse by Dec. 10.

Featured image: 2022 GARNA 1st Place: Sky, “Zenith”. Andrea Wilkerson photo