UW-WC Announces Winners of Photography Competition

“Give us Your Best Shot” Contest received 88 entries

Judging has been completed for UW-Washington County’s annual photography competition. The top winners include:

  1. Kate Evans, Campbellsport (“curious sloth) - $100 prize
  2. Danielle Weiss, Port Washington (“piano hands”) - $75 prize
  3. Jeanette Cassidy, Menomonee Falls (“dreams”) - $50 prize
  • Clair Bigler, West Bend  (African sunset)-awarded posthumously
  • Adam Brandt, Mauston (glowing autumn maple tree)
  • Tim Dehring, West Bend (“Lucy in the mist”)
  • Mae Dricken, West Bend (pottery shop in Honduras)
  • Joe Kaehny, West Bend (dead tree on Ice Age trail)
  • Rachel Merkt, West Bend (“We will rise”)
  • Shirley Perkins, West Bend (boathouse on Rock Island)
  • Yvonne Schwalen, Jackson (bridges)
  • Jessica Swenson, West Bend (hidden frog in pond)
  • Swapnil Tripathi, West Bend (bubbles at night)
  • Ashley Zander, Jackson (leaf in the rocks)
  • Mike Wagner, Germantown (“Survival”)

These top 15 entries will be framed and on display in the Art Gallery during the Festival of Arts on Saturday, April 6 (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 and show a Power Point presentation of the photographs. 

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 other top 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 entries accepted between October 1 and December 31, 2012.  Judging was completed by Josh Lesniak, Art Professor at UW-WC; Graeme Reid, Assistant Director at Wisconsin Museum of Art; and Lynn Molenda, a local art educator. Judges looked for striking digital images that had all the components of good photography with an emphasis on creativity, composition, and originality.

UW-Washington County plans to build a collection of photography that will add visual interest and beauty to the campus to be enjoyed by students and the community. 


Sue Bausch