A wilderness photograph created by Dawn LaPointe, a native of Prairie du Chien, has been professionally juried into the “Wilderness Forever” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to open in September. The special exhibit celebrates the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The entries for the Wilderness 50 were reviewed by a panel of experts in photography, science and conservation, and were judged on the basis of technical quality, originality, and artistic merit.
LaPointe’s photograph, titled “Sunset Paddle,” was the winner in its category and division, “People in Wilderness,” amateur. There were more than 5,500 entries in the photo competition. Of 300 semi-finalists, two were LaPointe’s: “Through the Fog” and “Sunset Paddle.” LaPointe’s photograph will be among 50 on exhibit in large format at the Smithsonian this fall.