Hats off to our new Honorary Photographer at Large, Sara Fortin, who came in first place with "Bold Ridge Summit" taken near Eklutna Lake, Alaska. Fortin is a research lab technician in the lab of Professor George Kling.

Second place goes to Mark O’Brien for "Dragon hunter” shot at the U-M Biological Station in Pellston, Mich. O’Brien is collections manager in the Insect Division at the Museum of Zoology. Alison Gould captured third place for “Puffer,” an underwater photo taken in Okinawa, Japan. Gould is a Ph.D. student with her advisor, Professor Paul Dunlap.

Honorable mentions go to Jingchun Li for “A different kind of flower,” taken underwater in Hong Kong. Li is a Ph.D. student with her advisor, Professor Diarmaid Ó Foighil. Jason Dobkowski shot “Springtime reflections” in North Slope, Alaska. Dobkowski is a research lab technician and master's student with his advisor, Professor Geoge Kling. Mark O’Brien took “Mosquito Falls” in Alger County, Mich. Sara Fortin photographed “Liquid ice” near Galbraith, Alaska and Alex Wenner shot “Spider web revealed” in Pinckney, Mich. Wenner is facilities manager at the E.S. George Reserve.

Fortin receives the honorary title for the year of “Photographer at Large” in memory of David Bay who was the self-described “photographer at large” for EEB and its predecessor departments for 34 years. He touched the lives of hundreds of faculty, students and staff with his humor, good nature and expertise.

Kudos to the winning photographers and thank you to everyone who submitted a photo and/or voted in the contest. Sixteen people submitted 40 stunning photos. Over 300 votes were cast (pick top five) by 68 people. There’s a whole year ahead to get creative behind your lenses for the photo contest when it returns next fall.

Watch for an LSA Today feature on EEB’s photo contest winners coming in 2013! LSA’s coverage will include further details about the winning entries.

Photo captions (from top): Bold Ridge Summit, Sara Fortin; Dragon hunter, Mark O'Brien; Puffer, Alison Gould.