Thanks to this year's judges who donated their time and expertise. They are:
Patrick Flood, Patrick Flood Photography, Fond du Lac
Troy Freund, Troy Freund Photography, Milwaukee
Howard Vrankin, West Bend Camer Clique, West Bend
Edgar G. Mueller (1913 - 2001)
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Who can enter?
photo contest is strictly for amateur photographers.
Any person with a business or website presence advertising photographic
services will be deemed ineligible.
The Mayville Limestone School Museum (MLSM) retains the discretion to
determine amateur status of the entrants.
Anyone under 18
will require a parent or guardian’s signature.
may be taken anywhere in the State of Wisconsin with the location
identified on the back of the photo.
If the location where the photo was taken cannot be verified, at the
discretion of the museum board, it may be disqualified.
Officers and board members of the MLSM and their immediate family are not eligible to enter the contest. For the purpose of this contest, immediate family is anyone residing in the same household. Sorry, previous year winners are ineligible the following year.
What are the photo requirements?
general interest photo (print) 8”x10” in size must
be mounted on an 11”x14” full black mat
board, or a black foam core board. Please do not use colored mat
board. Mounting of the photo
on other material such as construction paper will disqualify
the photo. There will be two photo categories: black
and white, and color. You may enter one photo in either category or
be taken with any kind of camera; however, digital photos must be
printed out on either glossy or matte photo paper.
Please use only minimum editing
techniques including cropping, adjusting levels, and sharpening.
Digital cloning, healing and removing entire elements of an image
are not allowed.
Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than
must have been taken during the 2017
calendar year and be submitted by midnight January 31, 2018.
Is there an entry fee?
photo is your entry.
How many photos can be entered?
enter one photo in each category, black and white or color.
Are there any restrictions?
be appropriate for general viewing. Obscene, provocative, or otherwise
questionable content will not be considered. The MLSM retains sole
discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content. Photographs
earning awards in previous contests or already published are not
Each contestant that submits two photos in a given year
is eligible to win on either photo, but not both.
How should entries be labeled?
signed entry form should be taped to the back of the matting with
the arrow pointing to the top of the image.
Please print legibly! Entries
may be dropped off at the Ben Franklin Store, 1020 Horicon Street,
Mayville, or mailed to the Mayville Limestone School Museum, PO Box 102,
Mayville, WI 53050-0102.
What about getting consent?
sure to include the names and addresses, along with phone number
of any recognizable people in your photo. Photos may be disqualified if
the consent of recognizable people cannot be obtained.
What about Ownerships/Use of Rights?
the copyright to your photo. By entering the contest, you agree to
allow the museum to display your submitted photo without any fee or
other form of compensation. You also agree to allow the museum to
display winning photos in a “past winner” photo gallery or to use the
photo in future advertising or museum displays. Photos will be credited
to the photographer submitting the photo. In the event that ownership
of any photo submitted to the MLSM is contested in any manner, the MLSM
retains the discretion to disqualify that photo and discontinue use of
How is judging done?
An independent panel of three judges will
select the winning photos. Entries will be judged on composition,
photographic quality, originality/uniqueness, and general interest and
Will the photo be returned to the owner?
Winning photos become the property of the museum. Please do not submit your only copy of a photo. Non-winning photos can be picked up in October, 2018 during museum hours on either Sunday, October 7th or Sunday, October 21st from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The winners will be announced at an open house at the Mayville Limestone School Museum on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Best of Show Grand Prize
People’s Choice Award of $40.00, as voted by museum visitors, will be presented to the winning photographer when the museum closes for the season in October, 2018.
The prize money and the cost for underwriting the photography contest is being provided by an anonymous donor who wishes to carry on the legacy of Edgar G. Mueller.