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about Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their watersheds.
your Great Lakes photos and writings.
Photo entry deadline

The annual submission deadline is February 1.

Not On My Rock by Reggie Gauger

"Not On My Rock" by Reggie Gauger.

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

Great Waters Photo Contest instructions and rules

Entry categories

  • Natural features and wildlife
  • People enjoying Wisconsin’s Great Waters
  • Historical and cultural features
  • Lake/river stewardship activities

Special contest category: Great Waters stewardship

There's a lot of good work going on to protect and restore Wisconsin's Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Show us how you, your agency/organization or a local group is protecting, enhancing or restoring the shore, tributaries, backwaters, wetlands or beaches of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior or the Mississippi River. Send us a photo of your work and a brief (up to 180 words) description of the partners involved, your funding source and what you hope to accomplish. Include a web link, if applicable. If people appear in the photo, please ask their permission before submitting photos.

Rules and instructions

  1. The contest is open to anyone. Limit three photos per photographer. Photos must be submitted electronically.
  2. Attach each photo (jpeg format) to a separate email.
  3. In each email, please include the photo title, where in Wisconsin the photo was taken, the entry category, your name, email address, mailing address and phone number(s). Submit to:
  4. Photos must be high resolution, horizontal in orientation and taken in Wisconsin (some exceptions for WI/MN, WI/MI and WI/IA shared waters).
  5. The Wisconsin DNR reserves the right to obtain an electronic or film 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 for displays, slide shows, videos, publications and website.

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 our annual "Wisconsin’s Great Waters" calendar. Contest winners will be announced in May. Winning photographers will be contacted by mail, phone or email and will receive the calendar by mail.

Email photos and entry information to:
Last revised: Monday April 23 2018