LIFE IS GOOD on Stony Lake


This competition has now ended.  Thank you for your participation.

The Stony Lake Property Owners Association will publish a 2019 calendar, to be sold during the summer of 2018 as a fundraiser for the organization’s activities, featuring winners in a Photography Competition running until January 31, 2018.

Photographers are to submit photographs taken within the SLPOA boundaries, on Stony Lake or the Channel, or within a half-mile, except at Lake Michigan (we want to limit this to Stony Lake). Photographs can depict any aspect of the environment, plants, animals, scenery, people, buildings and activities, in any season (winter photos are very welcome).  Photographs must be submitted electronically. We encourage entrants to post their photographs on the SLPOA Facebook page, but they also must be submitted with an entry form on the website to be seen by the jurors. There is no entry fee and the competition is open to anyone. All winners must have submitted the entry form agreeing to the rules set out below. If the form is not submitted, the jurors will choose another photograph.

Entries will be juried by Matt Ferguson, professional photographer; Libby VanderPloeg, professional designer and illustrator; and Chris Triola, professional textile artist. All have ties to Stony Lake (see below* for brief bios). Twelve winners will be chosen, whose work will accompany a calendar month as selected by the jurors. Only one photograph per person will be selected for the main calendar pages. Each winner selected for a main month photograph will receive a free calendar. Some “runners-up” may be included within calendar pages, but will not receive a calendar. Please limit your entries to five photographs in consideration for our volunteer jurors! Also, please give your entry a descriptive title -- brief or long -- sunset, egrets, water skiers, my favorite fall tree, etc. -- to make it easier for us to locate them during the jurying process, which is done anonymously. Thanks!

Entries will be accepted until January 31, 2018. Photographers are asked to submit horizontal, or “landscape” format photos, or agree to editing to conform to standard calendar layout. Please do not submit files less than 300 dpi. SLPOA reserves the right to adjust winning submissions to accommodate the needs of the printer. Winners will be announced in local media and on our website.

Matt Ferguson is well known to Stony Lakers for his photographs in the Stony Lake Newzletter, on our Facebook page and for the Sparkler 5K. President of in Chicago, he is an award-winning advertising and promotional photographer who has photographed world leaders, sports legends and personalities including five U.S. Presidents, Cuban President Fidel Castro, athletes Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Hollywood notables Steven Spielberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He and his sweetheart Megan Bueschel enjoy summers in the old Charlie Jameson home on Stony Lake. See his work at

Libby VanderPloeg grew up in Grand Haven and has lived in Grand Rapids, Chicago, New York and Stockholm, but has recently returned to West Michigan to enjoy her parents’ home on Stony Lake and her own cottage-in-the-works in Pentwater. Her clients have included the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Design*Sponge, Netflix, Kazoo Magazine, Time Out, The Knot, Surface Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, SELF, Supergoop!, Eater, Epicurious, Fine Cooking, Food 52, Instagram, Tumblr, Ann Taylor LOFT, TED Talks, Chipotle, Comedy Central, SW Basics, MacMillan, Harper Collins, Abrams, Penguin, Crown, Doubleday, Workman Publishing, Smith Street Books, Hardie Grant UK, and Farrar, Straus & Giroux. You can sample her work at

Chris Triola is a Stony Lake cottager who is an award-winning textile artist best known for her knit fabrics that are produced in limited edition and made into one-of-a-kind garments. Her pieces have been selected for exhibit and sale at juried national shows and museums since 1990, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum. She maintains a production studio with four artisans in Lansing, and along with the shows, sells her work through galleries and specialty stores across the country. She has an extensive background in the arts, including BA and MA degrees in Art and Art Education from Michigan State University, with an emphasis on drawing, painting and serigraphy. See her work at

1.  Photographs must be taken by the entrant and taken within the boundaries of the Stony Lake Property Owners Association (SLPOA). Photographs of Lake Michigan are excluded.
2.  By entering the competition you agree that the SLPOA may publish your photograph and name and use both in promotional materials or merchandise to support SLPOA.
3.  The SLPOA may make minor edits such as cropping or file size adjustments to obtain best results for calendar printing.
4.  Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the competition entrant. By entering the competition, entrants agree that he or she has full power and authority to enter the photograph, and that the work does not infringe any copyright or violate any other intellectual property rights. The entrant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless SLPOA from any and all third party claims arising from the photograph. If the photograph includes people, the entrant must agree that he or she has received permission from those people and authorization to use the photograph in the calendar.
5. By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless SLPOA and their representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this contest or any contest-related activities. 
6. Participants agree to be bound by these rules and that the decisions of the jurors are final on all matters relating to the competition. SLPOA reserves the right to cancel or suspend the competition for any reason.