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Digital Photo Contest

Photo of green frog by Steven Lepak

We would love to see your best photo of natural features in and around lakes  and rivers and underwater, and your best photo of people enjoying lakes and rivers! Send us one of your faves in each category. See all details and contest rules below.

We will print your digital images in full color on 13×19 paper and they will be displayed at the 2025 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention, March 26-28, 2025, at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point.

Questions? Please contact Amy Kowalski at amy.kowalski@uwsp.edu or 715-346-4744

Deadline: March 9, 2025

  1. Natural Features in and around lakes/rivers and under water Examples include wildlife, vegetation, geology, insects, close-ups of aquatic life.
    (Limit: ONE entry per individual*)
  2. People Enjoying lakes and rivers Images with people fishing, canoeing, skiing, swimming, etc.
    (Limit: ONE entry per individual*)

*You may submit a maximum of TWO entries per individual – ONLY ONE in each category.

  1. The contest is open to anyone. (Photos that have already received an award in this contest may not be re-entered.)
  2. Photos must be taken in or near Wisconsin.
  3. You must complete a separate entry form for each photo (Maximum of 2). You will be asked to sign in to Google. If you do not have a Google login/password, you will be asked to create one (contact Amy Kowalski at amy.kowalski@uwsp.edu if you require a different way of submitting your digital photos).
  4. Image file size must be at least 3 MB in order to print clearly on our 13×19 paper (your normal 4×6 dimension, high-resolution image will fit nicely on this paper). To find the file size in Windows, right click on the image in your File Explorer and choose “properties.” On a MAC, go to Finder and right click on the image and choose “Get info.”
  5. Edits or enhancements with photo editing software are allowed and encouraged to make your image the best it can be.
  6. The Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Partnership reserves the right to use any image entered in the contest*, for non-commercial educational or promotional use, with attribution to the photographer. For example, prints may be created for a traveling display that promotes the Partnership, used in a publication, or by a lake or river organization.

*Any photo depicting illegal activity in the state of Wisconsin is not eligible for this contest and will not be printed, displayed, or shared.

Photos will be judged by a panel of professional photographers. Criteria for judging includes visual impact, technical merit, and composition.

In addition, there will be a winner of the popular vote based on votes from attendees at the in-person event.

At their discretion, judges may award first, second, and third place, as well as honorable mentions in each category.
  • 1st Place: $100
  • 2nd Place: $50
  • 3rd Place: $25
  • Honorable Mention: Ribbon
  • Popular vote (chosen by convention attendees): Ribbon

2024 Photo Contest Winners

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Past Photo Contest Entries

2024 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2023 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2022 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2021 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2020 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2019 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2018 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2017 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2016 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2015 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2014 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2013 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2012 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2011 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2010 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2009 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2008 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2007 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2006 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2005 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

2004 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (unavailable)

2003 Lakes and Rivers Convention Photo Contest Entries (Facebook Album)

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