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Judges for the artwork contest consisted of impartial member’s from the park staff. The quality of the artwork was excellent and the panel of judges had a difficult time coming to a final decision. After a long deliberation, a color drawing produced by Tyler Young, age 12, from Interlochen, Michigan was selected as the winner. Tyler’s drawing depicts the Manitou Passage with the mother bear perched on the mainland bluff and her two cubs marking the Manitou Islands. First runner-up went to Jake Dennis, age 10, from Tustin, Michigan. Jake’s drawing depicts a bear paw print with a drawing of a bear on the dunes in the middle of the paw. Second runner-up went to Daniel Chia, age 6, from Alhambra, California. Daniel’s drawing depicts the mother bear on the dune at Lake Michigan Overlook near the wooden observation platform.
Tyler, Jake, and Daniel will receive a selection of gifts from the park’s bookstore, sponsored by the park’s cooperating association, Eastern National. As the winner, Tyler was also awarded an Annual Park Entrance Pass that proudly displays her artwork on the front. However, Tyler and her family are moving out of the area, so she kindly gave her Annual Park Pass to the first runner-up. Thanks to Tyler, Jake and his family will be able to enjoy the National Lakeshore for free for the next 12 months.
Every year, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sells over 11,000 Annual Park Entrance Passes through the fee collection stations located across the park. The pass provides free entry for 12 months for the pass holder and occupants in a single, private non-commercial vehicle. If entry is by foot, bicycle, or organized group not part of a commercial tour, the pass admits the pass holder and three adults (16 years of age or older). Children under 16 are admitted free.
Last updated: December 1, 2017