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Dig the Dunes 2020 Calendar Winners!

November 18, 2019

We are proud to announce the 2020 Dig the Dunes calendar photography winners! Above is a preview of the photos chosen for the calendar, which you can purchase in our online shop right now for the pre-order price of $18. Please note, the price does go up to $22 on December 1st. The good news is that 10% of all calendar proceeds go to Save the Dunes!

This year our cover will feature our very own Eve Wierzbicki’s Dig the Dunes record-breaking photo titled “Sunrise Reflection on Lake Michigan” This photo received over 65,000 hits on facebook and was shared hundreds of times! Check out all the buzz it created here.

We also want to thank everyone who participated – every year the number of submissions grow and the talent continues to blow us away!!

And now….your winners!

January – Nancy J. Addie

Nancy J. Addie frames her photography as “Capturing the Beauty that Reflects God’s Glory”. This photograph features the Michigan City Lighthouse and the icy effects of 2019’s Polar Vortex. Nancy lives in Laporte with husband Chad on their llama and mini-horse hobby farm affectionately known as Addie Acres. Instagram: @addie_acres

February – Gayle Brandt

Gayle is a self-taught photographer and has been taking pictures seriously for the last 15 years.  When the time allows she loves capturing the ever-changing seasons of nature. She enjoys when her photographs are enjoyed by other like-minded people. That’s a connection that we all can dig! “Thank you for enjoying my captures and Congrats to the other winners” 

March – Ken Bair

Ken is a proud father of 5 children in a blended family with his wife. His passion in photography began in the late 70s with the purchase of a used Pentax Spotmatic 35mm SLR. “I would try different techniques and then ride my bicycle to Fotomat to develop the film. The Spotmatic eventually died and my passion was renewed when digital came along.” Several dSLR cameras later, he still loves to go out and photograph nature, people in their environment, and especially his family. Check out his portfolio here.

April –  Daniel J. Kennedy

Daniel works as a CAD drafter with Marble, Granite & Quartz. He’s lived in NWI for 22 years and he really digs the dunes! His Interests include walking the beach at Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park from Kemil beach to Porter beach for the health of it and taking photographs of the many interesting sights along the way.

May – David Scott

David’s co-workers often ask why he insists on making the long commute from Chesterton to Chicago’s west loop and his first response is always “The Dunes”. He and his wife have lived in Chesterton most of thier lives, and like so many others that grew up here, the dunes are engrained in their DNA. For David it’s tough to beat an early morning fall hike with the dogs through Chellberg Farm or Cowles Bog. Adding photography to these hikes has helped him slow down and appreciate the dunes from different perspectives. Because his work focuses on the digital landscape he enjoys a good mix of very non-digital hobbies which helps add some balance. Including Traditional woodworking, leatherwork, knife making, flintknapping & piano. Instagram: @davidrscott

June – Adam Medved

Adam is from Portage, Indiana. He enjoys spending his free time hiking and taking nature photos. Especially in Beverly Shores with his fiance, Ashely, and dog, Violet.  Instagram: @Medved304

July – Carol Sue Angarola

Carol Sue has long been exploring the Indiana dunes and its beaches. Her soul has always taken the scenic route. She has a great enthusiasm for hiking, searching for beach glass and taking photos of the beautiful dunes. Carol Sue serves on the Save the Dunes fundraising committee, an admin for their Instagram account and will be on their Board of Directors in 2020. Instagram: @carolsue_64

August – Courtney Moore

Courtney is a landscape photographer from Hebron, Indiana who loves to travel and photograph the places she’s been. When she is not at work in residential lending, you can find her exploring the dunes with her dog or at home researching her next adventure. Instagram: @ninehundredsouth

September – Sarah Franzman

Sarah lives in Hebron with her husband, Chad. They have been married for 11 years and have a wonderful son, Brock. They stay busy attending Brock’s sporting events, but also enjoy spending time with friends and family. Outside of her passion for exploring and photographing the dunes she also enjoys learning about the history of old homes and abandoned properties. She also enjoy rock hunting, cooking, baking, long bicycle rides on backroads, and live music. Instagram: @thepicturepedaler

October – Larry A. Brechner

Larry  “LAB” has been active as a fine art photographer for over forty years. His artistic photography work is mostly in landscapes, scenic, nature, wildlife, still life, buildings, nautical themes, plus includes abstract figure studies and aerial work. Larry’s work is exhibited in galleries throughout Northwest Indiana, Suburban Chicago, and Southwest Michigan plus appears in several private collections, in several regional calendars, and part of advertising and billboard campaigns. He is active on several art gallery boards and hosts ART ON THE AIR every Friday on WVLP 103.1FM. Instagram: @newperspectivesphotographylab

November – Wendy Marciniak

Wendy Marciniak is a lifelong Chesterton resident who reclaims her soul by tromping the trails and walking the beach at the Indiana Dunes State Park.  She feels lucky when she finds red and purple beach glass or a star crinoid. But really, she just feels lucky to live so close to the dunes. Her day job keeps her pretty busy as she is the President/CEO of the Chesterton Art Center. Instagram: @wendymarciniak

December – Laura Niemiec

Laura was born and raised in a city on the outskirts of dune country, bordered to the north by her favorite great lake, Lake Michigan, and her equally beautiful namesake, the state of Michigan.  She is an Air Force veteran, a college grad, an indie author, and a pet mom with a major case of wanderlust. She has always loved photography and has a passion to capture the beauty she sees in the world and share it with others. You’ll l most often find her out diggin’ the dunes or taking weekend adventures to explore the Mitten State. You can keep up with her adventures on Instagram @agirlandherphotographs


How can you purchase a calendar? There are two ways! You can go to our online shop, or you can join us at our Calendar Release Party & Artist Reception at Patina Vintage Goods in Michigan City on December 8th. We hope to have all the photographers there, as well as complimentary drink & appetizers, and some holiday goodies for sale from local vendors!

10% of the calendar proceeds go to Save the Dunes!

Special thanks to our 2020 sponsors:

January – Miller Beach Vacation RentalsR
February – Randi Light at Enlightened Living Hypnosis
March – McColly Real Estate – Great Lakes
April – Brewery Lodge & Zorn Brew Works
May – Hobgoblin & Goblin & Grocer
June – Friendship Botanic Gardens
July – Burn ‘Em Brewing & Bare Bones Gastropub
August – Leeds Public House
September – Beef Jerky Outlet
October – Chaos Haunted & Historical Tours
November – Round Barn Brewery & Public House
December – Troybuilt Fitness

Calendar printed by Datagraphic Chesterton

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