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Wisconsin State Park System Contests and promotions

Several photography contests for Wisconsin State Parks are held annually; some are statewide, and others are specific to a property. The Wisconsin State Park System also holds an annual sticker design contest for high school students.

2016 state park sticker design contest

Wisconsin state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers are designed by high school students chosen in a statewide contest. The design contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is open to all high school age students attending public, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin.

Entries for the 2016 sticker design contest are being accepted now through Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

2015 Winners

2015 winning design by Josie Tollaksen, a monarch butterfly sitting on a coneflowerThe winning 2015 admission sticker, with a monarch butterfly sitting on a coneflower was designed by Josie Tollaksen, a junior at Poynette High School. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles.

Thank you to all who submitted artwork!



Second Place
by Whitney Ryan
Appleton North High School
Great blue heron flying over water at sunset
Third Place
by Austin Steelman
Waukesha South High School
Great blue heron and maple leaf design
Honorable Mention
by Austin Smits
Green Bay Southwest High School
Mallards in flight
Honorable Mention
by Ellisha Weber
Green Bay Southwest High School
A child's hand reaching for a blackberry
Honorable Mention
by Stephanie Miske
Preble High School
A fisherman and his son fishing off a pier with the sunest in the distance
Honorable Mention
by Lynsey Cashman
Cedarburg High School
Cardinal perched on a tree in winter time
Honorable Mention
by Mitch McMahon
Green Bay Southwest High School
Purple flower and yellow leaf design
Honorable Mention
by Zack N. Brunia
Waukesha South High School
Deer jumping with trees, sun and birds in the background
Honorable Mention
by Emily Kinzel
Cedarburg High School
Birch trees in front of Wisconsin state outline

Photography contests

Wisconsin is a beautiful state to photograph any time of year, and there is no better place to enjoy the state’s seasonal offerings than Wisconsin’s State Parks. If you enjoy photography and would like to submit some of your best photos, check below for deadlines, entry rules and contest information.

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) holds an annual photography contest. Winning submissions are chosen for the Friends’ Calendar with 100 percent of the Calendar proceeds going to FWSP to aid local friends groups.

Buckhorn/Roche-A-Cri State Parks

Buckhorn and Roche-A-Cri state parks hold an annual photography contest. Photographs can be entered in the categories of wildlife, people using the park, open (landscapes, etc.), and youth (for photographers 18 and younger). Prizes are awarded.

Office of the Great Lakes

The Office of the Great Lakes holds an annual photography and writing contest. Winning submissions are chosen for the Great Lakes Calendar. Writing submissions may also be featured in the calendar and on the DNR website and other publications.

Last revised: Thursday September 04 2014