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Postcard Photo Contest Winners Announced!

August 7, 2019

Dig the Dunes and the South Shore CVA teamed up for a postcard photo contest and after receiving over 100 submissions, we have chosen the winners! The 8 postcards (sneak peeks shown above) will be available at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, on and in several other spots around town. They are heading to the printer in the next few days and we will be sure to let you know when they are available!

But…we wanted to tell you about the winners!

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Laura Herman is a second-grade teacher and the biggest fan of the Indiana Lakeshore; her classroom even has a beach theme! She loves to travel, but The Dunes will always be her favorite place and where she calls home. She does photography on the side and her instagram is @laurahermanphotgraphy; She can’t think of a better place to take pictures!

Jackson Pearson spent many years capturing the splendor of the Indiana Dunes in photos prior to his death in early 2019. The beauty of photography is that it allows his memory to endure forever. (

Steve Bensing has been doing photography all his life. He enjoys living close to the Indiana Dunes and taking advantage of all the photo opportunities here during all seasons. Steve is currently the president of the Duneland Photography Club.

Gayle Brandt has been involved in Photography for several years. Her favorite things to photograph include nature, flowers and industrial landscapes. She is self-taught and loves capturing a scene in hopes that other people will enjoy it as much as she does!

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Lawrence Tellez is a traveling landscape photographer originally from Northwest Indiana. His passion for photography began at a young age, like most photographers, with the love of the outdoors. He enjoys capturing nature and iconic locations at all different angles. Lawrence says, “It’s great living so close to Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes because it’s the perfect place for all landscape photographers to get creative with their work.”

Brandon Clair owner of  Timeless Aerial Photography is a Navy veteran, born and raised in Lucas, Ohio who moved to the area after finishing his service to work at the Burns Harbor Power Plant. Though the plant shut down.  Brandon did not let that slow him down and quickly moved to expand his side-job passion project,  into a full-time career.

Teresa Davis McGinley is a life long region resident.  She took up photography as a hobby about 4 years ago to “give me something to do” once her children went on their way.  As a member of the Duneland Photography Club she continues to hone her photography skills.  Taking photos at the Indiana Dunes and National Park continue to be her favorite spot in all seasons.

Mary Lukes has lived in MC for 3 years, and loves it here!  She is an Event Designer/Stylist, Purveyor of Mid-century Modern and Vintage Clothing, Classic Car Enthusiast and Adventurer. In her spare time, you can find her at the beach with camera in hand!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Look for the postcards on, at the South Shore CVA in Hammond and at several local shops in the area. (full list coming soon). A portion of the proceeds will go to Save the Dunes!



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