Photo Contest Winners Announced

Photos on display at Festival of Arts
By UW-Washington County

West Bend: Judging has been completed for UW-Washington County’s third annual photography competition.

The top three contest winners will receive cash prizes and include:  

  1. Kathryn Engelbrecht, West Bend (“the ripple effect”) - $100 prize
  2. Sarah Botting, West Bend (“reeds”) - $75 prize
  3. Yvonne Schwalen, Jackson (“hickory harvest”) - $50 prize 

Remaining top 12 photos in alphabetical order:

  • Melanie Chapman,  Jackson  (“bay leaves in my mother’s kitchen”)
  • Alex DeMets, Verona (“northern Wisconsin bog”)
  • Michal Gerard, West Bend (“morning dew”)
  • Casey Hahn, Adell (“40th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta”)
  • Cherie Hart, Hartford (“owl eyes”)
  • Kathy Liebner, West Bend (“early morning dew drops on a spider web”)
  • Paula Lodahl, Mayville  (“egg shell on Horicon marsh”)
  • Alexandra Opgenorth, Rubicon (“focus”)
  • Kate Schaffer, West Bend (“Chicago bridge”)
  • Rick Vollbrecht, Pewaukee (“wood stork landing in tree”)
  • Brenda Weiss, Port Washington (“a moment in time”)
  • Hannah Werner, Germantown (“bereaved”)

Over 80 photos, received from around the state, were entered into the contest and can be viewed in the campus library or online on the campus Pinterest account (

The top 15 entries will be enlarged and framed and will be on display in the Art Gallery during the Festival of Arts on Saturday, April 5 (10am-4pm). Top winners will be recognized in a ceremony at the Festival, beginning at noon in the theatre. Dr. Paul Price, UW-WC Dean and Iva Thelen, WCCF Director will award cash prizes and certificates to the top winners. A Power Point presentation of the winning photographs will also be presented. 

 After the Festival, the top three entries will remain on permanent display at UW-Washington County, each with a plaque giving credit to the photographer. The remaining 12 photos will be on display in the main lobby for one year – until next year’s Festival.  

 The contest is open to amateur Wisconsin photographers over the age of 16, with this year’s entries accepted between October 1 and January 5, 2014.  Judging was completed by Anna Moisiadis, Art Lecturer at UW-WC; Graeme Reid, Assistant Director at Wisconsin Museum of Art;  Lynn Molenda, a local art educator and coordinator of Wisconsin’s Student Centered Learning in the Arts; and Shawn Graff, Washington County Campus Foundation board member who also serves as the Executive Director of the West Bend Friends of Sculpture. Judges looked for striking digital images that include all the components of good photography with an emphasis on creativity, composition, and originality.


UW-Washington County is slowly building a collection of photography that is adding visual interest and beauty to the campus and is enjoyed by students and the community. UW-WC’s Student Government Association has helped with funding of this project.


Sue Bausch