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 2023 Garden & Landscape Expo for nearly 20,000 attendees to admire.

Competition Prizes

Viewers’ Choice $100

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

Entries Categories

1. Novice Eye (Ages 7-15)
2. Macro
3. Landscape
4. Plants and Flowers
5. Abstract
6. Phone/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.
  • 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 registered 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, 2022.
  • 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.

2023 Entry

  • The deadline is December 15, 2022. The online entry form is now closed.
  • The entry fee is $10 for the first photo and $5 for each additional photo.
  • 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, 2023 if your photograph is selected by the jury to be exhibited at PBS Wisconsin’s Garden & Landscape Expo, February 10-12 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Display Requirements

  • Selected photographs will be displayed at Garden & Landscape Expo, February 10-12, 2023.
  • Exhibitor must prepare photograph for display by mounting the photograph on matboard. A minimum 2” border on all sides is required. Photos must be at least 8” x 10” excluding matboard and cannot exceed 18” x 24” including matboard.
  • Label the following information on back of the matboard: 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, 2023.
  • Garden & Landscape Expo is not responsible for damage or loss of any photograph.


  • Selected photographs will be displayed at Garden & Landscape Expo, February 10-12, 2023.
  • 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 11.
  • 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
  • INGRID LAAS developed her first roll of B&W film over three decades ago while taking a mini-course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She quickly fell in love with working in the darkroom, and then began adding photography classes to her curriculum while pursuing a degree in life sciences communication at the UW. While the photography skills were supposed to only complement her writing skills, she ended up pursuing photography as a full-time business in its own right in 1998. Ingrid had a studio for 10 years on Madison’s near-east side that specialized in weddings and family portraits. Today, while no longer having a studio, Ingrid continues to use her skills to create images of people at conferences and events. In addition to her professional experience, she has served on the board of the non-profit photography organization PhotoMidwest, which sponsors a biennial photography festival in the greater Madison area.

2022 Award Winners

Viewers’ Choice – Katherine Murphy (Fitchburg, Wis.), Zinnias Overtake Chevy (Phone/Tablet)

Novice Eye 1st Place: Lina Ruiz (Brookfield, Wis.), Mist
Novice Eye 2nd Place: Rachael Sowinski (Two Rivers, Wis.), The Harvest
Novice Eye 3rd Place: George Minell (Osceola, Wis.), The Cracked Log

Macro 1st Place: Kurt Huebner (Mukwonago, Wis.), Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly
Macro 2nd Place: Michael Anderson (Madison, Wis.), Wild Teasel
Macro 3rd Place: Cheryl Schiltz (Madison, Wis.), Suspended
Honorable Mention: Loni Broesch (Madison, Wis.), Eye See You
Honorable Mention: Glenn Meyers (Greenfield, Wis.), Hanging Out

Landscape 1st Place: Michael Colella (Watertown, Wis.), Better Days Ahead
Landscape 2nd Place: Fletcher Crone (Whitewater, Wis.), Grasping For The Stars
Landscape 3rd Place: Phyllis Deicher-Ladwig (Plymouth, Wis.), Misty Morning
Honorable Mention: Tom Reuter (Madison, Wis.), Presque Isle River
Honorable Mention: Cheryl Schiltz (Madison, Wis.), To the Sunset it Leads

Plants & Flowers 1st Place: Phyllis Deicher-Ladwig (Plymouth, Wis.), I’ll Follow the Sun
Plants & Flowers 2nd Place: Michael Anderson (Madison, Wis.), Floating Bouquet 2
Plants & Flowers 3rd Place: Steven Bauer (Wauwatosa, Wis.), G L O R I O US
Honorable Mention: Glenn Meyers (Greenfield, Wis.), Soft Sun
Honorable Mention: Katherine Murphy (Fitchburg, Wis.), Likin’ this Lichen

Abstract 1st Place: Elizbeth Kazda (Markesan, Wis.), Flying Fans
Abstract 2nd Place: Phyllis Deicher-Ladwig (Plymouth, Wis.), Fanned Out
Abstract 3rd Place: Kirsten Engel (Verona, Wis.), Ornamental Pop
Honorable Mention: Michael Anderson (Madison, Wis.), Sky
Honorable Mention: Robert Crocker (Crivitz, Wis.), Twirling Dahlia

Phone/Tablet 1st Place: Phyllis Deicher-Ladwig (Plymouth, Wis.), Falling Petals
Phone/Tablet 2nd Place: Kaitlin Myren-Celkis (Fort Atkinson, Wis.), A Bed of Straw
Phone/Tablet 3rd Place: Lisa Geraghty (Madison, Wis.), Fall Illuminated
Honorable Mention: Maribeth Barbuch (Wausaukee, Wis.), Red Maple
Honorable Mention: Loni Broesch (Madison, Wis.), Hazy Sunrise

2023 Contest

Deadline to submit was December 15, 2022.

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