Photo Competition


Designed to bring another form of imagery and perspective to Garden & Landscape Expo, the photography competition allows amateur photographers from Wisconsin to demonstrate their skills and display their work. Photographs will be juried prior to the event, and selected photographs will be exhibited at the 2024 Garden & Landscape Expo for nearly 20,000 attendees to admire.

2023 Award Winners (View Gallery)

Viewers’ Choice – Angela Karl (Colfax, Wis.), Gray Tree Frog and Zinnia (Macro)

Novice Eye 1st Place: Rachael Sowinski (Two Rivers, Wis.), Magnificent Monarch
Novice Eye 2nd Place: Atticus Towne (Waupaca, Wis.), Solo Solidago

Macro 1st Place: Nicole Reimers (Appleton, Wis.), Floating
Macro 2nd Place: Kim Hiller (Watertown, Wis.), Fluttering Jewel
Macro 3rd Place: Michael Anderson (Madison, Wis.), Petals in the Sun
Honorable Mention: Laura Anderson (Madison, Wis.), Common Milkweed

Landscape 1st Place: Fletcher Crone (Whitewater, Wis.), Moonlight Dance of the Fireflies
Landscape 2nd Place: Susanne Payne (Madison, Wis.), The Oak on the Hill
Landscape 3rd Place: Carl Goepfert (DeForest, Wis.), Morning Glory
Honorable Mention: Mitch Kite (Madison, Wis.), Still Life

Plants & Flowers 1st Place: Michael Anderson (Madison, Wis.), Bleeding Hearts in the Ferns
Plants & Flowers 2nd Place: Beth Holden (Madison, Wis.), A LIGHT Exists in Spring
Plants & Flowers 3rd Place: Lauretta Loesch (Sun Prairie, Wis.), You Are My Sunshine
Honorable Mention: Heather Walker (Madison, Wis.), Coneflower

Abstract 1st Place: Thomas Drolsum (Jefferson, Wis.), Autumn Leaves Liquified
Abstract 2nd Place: Jon Young (Monona, Wis.), Tree Root
Abstract 3rd Place: Katherine Murphy (Fitchburg, Wis.), Twists ‘n Turns
Honorable Mention: Lauretta Loesch (Sun Prairie, Wis.), GLEAM
Honorable Mention: Jennifer Brockman (Cottage Grove, Wis.), Porcu”pine”

Phone/Tablet 1st Place: Katherine Murphy (Fitchburg, Wis.), Water Platters
Phone/Tablet 2nd Place: Ahmed Obeidat (New Berlin, Wis.), Wrinkled
Phone/Tablet 3rd Place: Michaleen Melby (Bayfield, Wis.), Black Church Flora
Honorable Mention: Michael Anderson (Madison, Wis.), Black Cohosh
Honorable Mention: Lauretta Loesch (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Garden Masterpiece

Competition Prizes

Viewers’ Choice $100

These prizes will be awarded in each category (except Novice Eye):
1st Place $50
2nd Place $25
3rd Place $10

Entries Categories

  1. Novice Eye (Ages 7-15)
  2. Macro
  3. Landscape
  4. Plants & Flowers
  5. Birds & Bees (animal life)
  6. Abstract
  7. Phone/Tablet (any image taken with a phone or tablet)

Competition Rules

  • Open to amateur photographers from Wisconsin.
  • Youth (ages 7-15) may enter the Novice Eye category. All other categories are for adults ages 16 and older. Winners of the Novice Eye category receive plaque awards but not cash prizes.
  • All works must be original to the exhibitor.
  • Photographs previously entered in the competition are not eligible for re-entry.
  • Photographs may be color, black and white or sepia.
  • All photographs must include plant material.
  • Please be careful with your editing. Images that are overly sharpened or enhanced will be disqualified.
  • Each photograph must be entered with a separate application form.
  • Each person may enter up to one photograph per category.
  • Entry form and digital photograph must be received by December 15, 2023.
  • All decisions by the jury and judges are final. The jury reserves the right to reject or reclassify any entry.
  • Employees of PBS Wisconsin, Educational Communications Board (ECB) and their immediate families are not eligible.
  • Photographs may be used in future Garden & Landscape Expo promotional materials. Photographer credit will be included.

2024 Entry

  • The deadline is December 15, 2023. The online entry form is now available.
  • The entry fee is $5 per photo. The Novice Eye category is free.
  • Each entry must include a high-resolution digital photograph. Image must have a long dimension of at least 1000 pixels and less than 3000 pixels. Save file as a JPG. The file size should be no more than 25 MB. Please name your file accordingly: “Category-LastName-PhotoTitle”.
  • You will be notified by January 15, 2024 if your photograph is selected by the jury to be exhibited at PBS Wisconsin’s Garden & Landscape Expo, February 9-11 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Display Requirements

  • Selected photographs will be displayed at Garden & Landscape Expo, February 9-11, 2024.
  • Exhibitor must prepare photograph for display by mounting the photograph on white mountboard or foamcore. When attaching the image to the board, avoid using tape of any kind except “linen” tape. If mounting directly onto the board, an archival spray mount is fine. These materials are available both online and at craft and framing stores. Your photograph can be either mounted directly to the backing board or with a traditional “window” mount. A minimum 2” border on all sides of the photo is required. Photos must be at least 8” x 10” excluding mountboard and cannot exceed 18” x 24” including mountboard. An alternative to mounting yourself is to use a service such as Simply upload your image, add a white border, and have it mounted and shipped.
  • Label the following information on back of the mountboard: exhibitor name, email, entry category, photograph orientation (vertical/horizontal), and photographer city and state.
  • Your mounted photograph must be mailed and received by Garden & Landscape Expo staff by January 31, 2024.
  • Garden & Landscape Expo is not responsible for damage or loss of any photograph.


  • Selected photographs will be displayed at Garden & Landscape Expo, February 9-11, 2024.
  • Photographs will be individually reviewed by judges prior to the virtual Garden & Landscape Expo. Photographs will be scored as follows: creativity, composition and technical merit.
  • Attendees will vote for their favorite photograph, and the Viewers’ Choice award will be announced at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 10.
  • Winnings will be mailed within 60 days after the show closes.


  • JAMES GILL is a Madison based still photographer who worked for PBS Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Radio for 37 years. Since his retirement in 2017, he has continued to photograph for clients such as Madison Opera, The UW Foundation, UW Credit Union, Isthmus and many others. While specializing in portraiture, his nationally-known nature and landscape photographs are an important part of his work. An avid gardener, James often retreats to his backyard to fight mosquitoes and photograph plant forms. James’ images can be seen at
  • AMANDALYNN JONES grew up in the North woods of Wisconsin. Inspired by her mother, a plein air watercolor artist, who instilled a love for visual arts and the environment from a young age, Amandalynn has a deep love for being outdoors, creating. She pursued a formal education in Fine Art, and after graduating from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2005, she began focusing heavily on digital photography. She has worked as a successful freelance commercial, wedding, and portrait photographer in the Madison area for more than 10 years and has seen her work featured in publications throughout Wisconsin and across the United States. Her personal passion projects feature her love of natural wonders, from sweeping landscapes to the glowing aurora borealis. Amandalynn lives in Middleton with her husband, two children, and their beloved pup. Amandalynn’s images can be seen at

2024 Competition

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