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2014 Photo Contest

"Film the Fun"
fwspPhotoContest2013   Google DriveThe Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) invites all interested individuals to enter their favorite State Park, Forest, or Trail photos in our sixth annual photography competition. Winners will be featured in the 2015 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Calendar, released in October 2014.
There are a lot of activities happening at Wisconsin state parks during the four seasons. We ask that your entries include beautiful scenery or activities like geocaching, art in the park, hiking, candlelight skis, kayaking, horseback riding, out with pets, and mountain biking.
The deadline for all submissions is Sunday, August 31, 2014.

Who May Enter:
Submissions are accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members will determine winners' eligibility.
Employees of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.

Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since January 1, 2012).
  • Photographs must portray a specific Wisconsin State Park, Forest, or Trail and cannot include illegal activities (i.e. camping in an unauthorized area). We are looking for photos that show scenes from the parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Wildlife photos will not score as high as scenery submissions.
  • Only Horizontal images will be accepted.
  • Light edits/enhancements only — heavy effects or manipulations will not be considered.
  • Photos must be submitted electronically. All photos must be described on the contest entry form, which must be included with your photos.
  • An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject and include this with the submission.
  • Photographs previously published or pending publication, or photos that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright, are not eligible.
  • You may submit more than one photograph per season and up to four(4) total entries. We do not accept more than one contestant per email address.
  • Photos must be the highest resolution possible — a minimum of 1600px x 2000px at 300 dpi.
By entering a photo, you are verifying:
  • The image is your own;
  • The photo has not been altered beyond light editing/enhancements.
  • The photo is not subject to any third party agreements;
  • No laws were violated in obtaining the photo. 


How to Enter:
Internet access is required to participate in the contest. Participants must review the full rules before entering any photos. Photos must be submitted electronically. There is no entry fee to participate. No more than four(4) photos may be entered by any one member.

Judging:
FWSP will review each photograph received and will accept only those entries that meet the official requirements outlined in these rules. A panel of FWSP board members and staff will review accepted entries and select the winning photos. Selected photos are not official winners until high resolution, watermark-free versions are provided to FWSP. If such a version cannot be provided, an alternate winner will be selected. The decisions of FWSP and the contest judges are final.
Winners:
Winners will be notified in September 2014 and invited to the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet in October 2014.
Winning photos will appear in the 2015 FWSP calendar, tentatively set to release October, 2014.
Deadline:
Entries must be uploaded by SUNDAY, August 31, 2014, 11:59 PM.


By participating in the contest, you hereby grant FWSP unlimited, non-exclusive, irrevocable permission to publish and reproduce your image in media including but not limited to the, website, and promotional materials into perpetuity. FWSP reserves the right to exclude any photo from the contest. (Link to Entry Form)
 Direct any questions about the Photo Contest to:

Patricia Loosen
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Coordinator
608-264-8994

Photo contest encourages state park visitors to … 'Film the fun'***

Permission given to repost by By Danielle Endvick, Regional Editor |danielle.endvick@ecpc.com, The Country Today
The Country Today  The Newspaper That Cares About Rural LifeCountless memories are made at Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas every year and in every season. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is encouraging amateur photographers to share those memories in its sixth annual photography contest, which runs through August.
Fourteen winning photos will be featured in the 2015 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar, which will debut in late October.
The theme of this year’s contest is “Film the Fun,” with a focus on the many activities Wisconsin’s state properties have to offer.53cd1a711f55d.preview-300
“We’re looking in the contest for not just landscape entries, which is what has traditionally been submitted,” said Patty Loosen, state friends group liaison with the Department of Natural Resources. “There are lots of activities happening at Wisconsin state parks during the four seasons, so we’re asking for entries that include, in addition to the beautiful scenery, activities like geocaching, art in the park, stargazing, candlelight skis, kayaking, horseback riding and mountain biking.”
Loosen hopes to see submissions flood in from around the state. (Photo: This scene captured by Brian Wolf at Northern Highlands State Forest was among the winners of last year’s Friends of Wisconsin State Parks photography contest.)
“We try in our selection process to really spread it around, too, so it’s not always Peninsula and Devils Lake featured,” she said, naming two of the parks known for being photography hotspots.
Last year’s contest drew 350 entries. To be eligible, photos must have been taken since Jan. 1, 2012. Only horizontal photos will be accepted and enhancements should be limited to light edits.
“In the past we’ve said no alterations to the photos; this year we’re relaxing that a bit,” Loosen said. “We just won’t consider any that look unnatural.”
Professional photographers — those who make half their income from photography — are not eligible to win.
Contestants, who must be 14 years old or older, may submit up to four photos each.
Photos must be submitted online by Sunday, Aug. 31. A panel of FWSP board members and staff will select the winning photos. Winners will be notified in September and recognized at the FWSP annual awards banquet in October.
Loosen said the contest was founded partly to promote the parks but also as a FWSP fundraising project. Besides being available for purchase at select state park offices and online at www.fwsp.org, the calendar will again be distributed to the nearly 90,000 subscribers of Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine in the December issue.
“This will be the second year we’ve partnered with the magazine,” Loosen said. “The extra exposure is really exciting, particularly for the photographers.”
Founded on the belief that each generation is responsible for leaving behind a better legacy of conservation, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks was created to preserve, protect, promote and enhance Wisconsin’s state parks, forests, trails and recreation areas.

The 2014 GOLD SEAL Award Contest

The 2014 GOLD SEAL Award contest is sponsored by the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks, and they are asking for your vote in this year's contest categories. If you are a camper, biker, hunter, hiker, angler,  or park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest or trail in the categories below. The winning parks, forests and trails will be honored with a GOLD SEAL AWARD at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Awards Banquet in October 2014.

The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks organization runs the GOLD SEAL Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin's parks, trails, and forests.
The Contest runs from July 21, 2014 through September 2, 2014.

This year, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have named the following categories:
  1. Best place to hike with children
  2. Best concessions at a park
  3. Best self-guided nature trail
  4. Best place to see fireflies while camping
  5. Best view from a park/trail bench
  6. Best family friendly bike trail
  7. Best place to see a variety of birds
  8. Best wedding venue
  9. Best place to kayak/canoe
  10. Best place for quiet recreating
    *If a property has won an award in the category in the past, it will not be considered eligible to win again.
    Click here to go to Gold Seal 2014 Nomination form

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Patty Loosen – Friends of Wisconsin State Parks coordinator patricia.loosen@wisconsin.gov (608) 264-8994

    Make your HERO Award Nomination NOW!

     HERO awards are given out to recognize individuals and Friends groups who have been instrumental in contributing time and energy at a state park, forest, or trail. 
    The DNR Land manager award recognizes an outstanding park, forest or trail manager who has done a great job with the DNR property that they manage.  The Outstanding Friends Group award recognizes a group that has accomplished great things this year.  The Outstanding Individual Friend recognizes a person who has been dedicated to volunteering their time and energy in support of a park, forest or trail during this year.
    It’s easy to make your nomination. Just select which category or categories you wish to make a nomination, then write three or four sentences telling your reasons and click submit. That’s all! Anyone can make a nomination for a HERO Award. (Make your nomination NOW!)
    The three award categories are:
    • Outstanding DNR Land Manager
    • Outstanding Friends Group
    • Outstanding Individual Friends Member
    Nominations are open though September 2, 2014 (after Labor Day).
    We would like to hear from YOU with a nomination in any of the categories for the 2014 HERO Awards! These awards will be presented at the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Annual meeting and Awards Banquet in October.
    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks continues to work to promote, protect, preserve, restore, and enhance the State Park System over the last decade in order to protect state parks and their resources for future generations.

    Lakeshore State Park*

    lakeshoreLakeshore State Park is located right in the heart of the beautiful Milwaukee lakefront. This is such a great place to come for a relaxing day alongside Lake Michigan. Come for a picnic or just a relaxing stroll. On a hot day, there is a beach for a refreshing swim. There is a fishing pier for the anglers. Boaters will find a dock welcoming boats for an overnight stay. The park is right next to the Summerfest grounds and walking distance from Discovery World. A trip down to Milwaukee's lakefront is not complete without some time spent in Lakeshore State Park.
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    ***** Jonathon Ringdahl visited all of Wisconsin’s 64 State Parks, State Forests, and recreational areas in 2012. This is another in a series of articles he is writing for the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks. Opinions expressed in this blog are the author’s