Winning is a snap…so why not take a shot?

READERS HAVE ASKED, so we’re bringing it back…here comes Our Wisconsin’s latest reader photo contest!

Over the past few months, looser schedules for both work and school have Wisconsin families more engaged in outdoor activities than ever before. Instead of doing things as part of groups indoors, so many folks have gotten highly active outside.

New bicycles, kayaks, canoes, power boats and campers were in short supply at stores statewide all summer, as folks purchased these items and then hit the road to use them. In the fall, hunting gear was flying off the shelves as well.

That leads us to think that a photo contest category for outdoor activities is especially appropriate now. We’ve come up with three other categories, too, described below.

As longtime readers know, we’ve held many of these contests, which showcase not only the beauty of Wisconsin, but the people who live here and love it. If you have any photos that fit the following categories, why not send some in? There are five prizes to win, and we’ll detail them here as well.

Now, the categories for this contest are:

Wisconsin Activities. This category is for action photos in all seasons. Whether you live in town or in the country, there are abundant opportunities to get out and get active. We’d like fun shots of organized sports or pickup games. We’d also like to see the family-type activities mentioned above. We’re looking for folks having fun outdoors in all seasons. Yes, summertime fun in the woods and on the waters is popular, but so are spring, winter and fall activities. Silent sports welcome. Got a shot that moves? Send it in!

Wisconsin People. This category is for photos of Wisconsinites just being themselves, enjoying the kind of good life that’s easy to come by in this beautiful state.

Wisconsin Pets. If your dog, cat or other pet is a real character and you’ve captured a photo to prove that, sent it in. Many dog lovers maintain they’ve seen their pet smile, and we believe that. If you have a fun photo like this, or any shot that lets your pet’s character shine through, we’d love to see it.

Wisconsin Scenery. We’re looking for colorful photos that capture our state’s scenic beauty, whether on or along its lakes, rustic roads, state parks and idyllic villages or towns.

Our staff will evaluate the entries and determine six finalists in each category. Then, we’ll print those finalists—one category in each issue—and ask readers to vote for their favorite.

The prize for the photo that draws the most votes in each of the four categories is dinner for two at the restaurant of
the entrant’s choice, up to $100 value.

Official Contest Rules

  1. You can enter prints, but digital photos are preferred. They’ll save you the time and expense of making color prints and mailing.

  2. If you’re submitting digital photos, you must have high-resolution copies of each image. Due to our demanding printing standards, we can’t use low-resolution photos. Generally, we need a photo file 1 mega-byte in size or larger.

  3. To email a photo, attach only one image per message. And make sure your email program is sending your photos at the highest resolution—again, 1 mb or larger.

  4. Include your name, postal address and daytime phone number for each photo submitted, plus the category in which you want the photo entered. Also include pertinent details for a caption: where the photo was taken, who’s in it, their relationship to you and why the photo is meaningful to you.

  5. This contest is open to anyone. You needn’t be a subscriber; no purchase is necessary. But you may enter no more than eight photos.

  6. You can email your entries, making sure to include your contact and caption info.

  7. Sorry, but photos can’t be returned, so be sure to retain copies. Your photos may also be considered for use elsewhere in Our Wisconsin…so even if you don’t win, you may still “get published”.


Email entries to:; put “Photo Contest” and the category name in the subject line. Or, mail prints or digital images to: Photo Contest, Our Wisconsin, 5301 Townline Road, Suite 4, Manitowish Waters WI 54545. Deadline is March 15, 2021.

2019 Category Winners

After our category winners have been named, we’ll ask readers to vote again—this time to determine the Grand Prize Winner. If your photo is that winner, you’ll receive $500.00! 

LITTLE SANDBLASTERS. Curtis Mani, 3, and his sister, Laina, 1, dug up fun in their sandbox. Their mom, Sarah, of Lone Rock, won our last photo contest which was also the winner of the 2019 People Category.

BEACON OF LIGHT. Holy Hill is a state landmark, built on a glacial hill near Hubertus in 1926. This wintertime look was captured by Nick Schroeter of Menomonee Falls.

A GRAND ENTRY. This rider makes her entrance before the bull riding event at the Lincoln County Fair in Merrill. Brian Senick of Edgerton captured the action.

YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS IN CROSSWALK. A law-abiding walker checks out this sign posted on an Ashland street. Jan Kupczyk took this photo on her oak-lined lane.

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