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about Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their watersheds.
your Great Waters photos and writings.
Entry deadline

The annual submission deadline for photos and writing is February 1.

Not On My Rock by Reggie Gauger

"Not On My Rock" by Reggie Gauger.

Contact information
For more information, please contact:
Susan Tesarik
Office of Great Waters

Wisconsin’s Great Waters annual photo contest and writing project

Each year, the DNR's Office of Great Waters holds a photo contest and writing project. Work from submittals are presented in our annual "Wisconsin's Great Waters" calendars. Each calendar is a unique collection of photos from our photo contest, writings submitted by Wisconsin authors and descriptions of stewardship projects. The calendars, photos and writings clearly show that Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and the Mississippi River are among Wisconsin's most scenic and beloved natural resources.

2019 Great Waters Photo Contest

We invite you to submit your best photos of the mighty Missisippi, Lake Michigan or Lake Superior for our 2019 Great Waters Photo Contest. Photos of all seasons are needed!

Winning photos will be used in the "2019-2020 Wisconsin’s Great Waters" calendar and in other DNR publications, presentations, webpages and displays. Photo submission deadline is February 1, 2019.

Entry categories

Limit is three photo entries per individual.

  1. People enjoying Wisconsin's Great Waters (Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Mississippi River) - We are looking for images of people fishing, boating, playing on the beach, etc.
  2. Natural features and wildlife - Submit photos of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River waters and shorelines, fish, birds and other wildlife.
  3. Historical and cultural features - Submit photos of lighthouses, harbor towns, river towns, shipping, festivals, etc.
  4. Great Waters Stewardship - Show us how you, your agency/organization or a local group is protecting or restoring the shore, backwaters, wetlands or beaches of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior or the Mississippi River. Send us a photo of your work and a brief (about 180 words) description of the partners involved, funding and accomplishments.

Rules and instructions

  1. The contest is open to everyone.
  2. Photos must be submitted electronically. Attach each photo (jpg format) to a separate email. In each email, please include the photo title, location in Wisconsin the photo was taken, the entry category, your name, email address, mailing address and phone number. Email to:
  3. Photos must be high resolution (maximum file size 12 MB), horizontal in orientation and taken in Wisconsin, with some exceptions for border areas. Photo editing is OK!
  4. The DNR reserves the right to use an electronic or print copy of any image entered in the contest for non-commercial educational or promotional use with credit to the photographer. For example, photos may be used in DNR displays, slide shows, videos, publications, webpages, etc.

Judging and awards

Photos will be judged by a panel of Wisconsin DNR staff. Criteria for judging will include creativity, visual and technical merit and composition.

Winning photographs will be included in the 2019-2020 Wisconsin’s Great Waters calendar and featured on the DNR website. Winning photographers will be contacted by mail or email and will receive the calendar by mail.

2019 Great Waters Writing Project

Is your talent writing? Send us your original Great Waters short essays, stories, poems or songs. Help get the word out about how great Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River are. Submissions should be approximately 180 words. Share your favorite writings with us and you may find your words in our calendar, website, publications and displays! All authors will be credited. Submission deadline is February 1, 2019.

Email writing entries to: Include your your name, address, phone number and email address.

Last revised: Tuesday July 03 2018