FRIENDS OF WISCONSIN STATE PARKS 2021 PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST

/ May 11, 2021

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Photo 2021 Photo Contest

Ends: Tuesday, September 7, 2021, midnight

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) invites all interested individuals to enter their favorite state park, forest, trail or recreation area photo in our annual photography competition. Winners will be featured in the 2022 Friends of
Wisconsin State Parks Calendar, released in the Fall of 2021.
There are so many opportunities to enjoy the Wisconsin state parks during all four seasons. We are looking for photo entries that include beautiful scenery along with people recreating and enjoying activities like hiking, picnicking, cross country skiing, kayaking/canoeing, horseback riding, biking and exploring.
(View Contest Rules)
WHO MAY ENTER:
Submissions are accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members will determine winners’ eligibility. Employees of the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.

WHAT TO ENTER:
  • Photos must be submitted in high resolution (at least 300 DPI). 
  • Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since Jan. 1, 2019).
  • Photographs must portray a specific Wisconsin State Park, Forest, or Trail and cannot include illegal activities (i.e. camping in an unauthorized area). We are looking for photos that show scenes from the parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Wildlife photos will not score as high as people enjoying activities submissions.
  • Cropped photos are eligible, horizontal images are preferred. Photos that appear unnatural will not be considered.
  • An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject and include this with the submission.
  • Photographs previously published or pending publication, or photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright, are not eligible.
  • You may submit one photograph per season and up to 4 total entries. We do not accept more than one contestant per email address.
BY ENTERING A PHOTO YOU ARE VERIFYING:
• The image is your own;
• The photo has not been altered beyond standard optimization;
• The photo is not subject to any third party agreements;
• And no laws were violated in obtaining the photo.

Photos should accurately reflect the original image. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (cropping, color, contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. This includes the digital addition or deletion of objects in the photos. Photo eligibility is the sole discretion of the contest judges. Photos may originate in any form but must be submitted electronically. A high-resolution image must be submitted. If a high-resolution photo cannot be provided, the entry will be disqualified. Photos may also be watermarked if desired when uploaded to the contest page, however: the watermark should be inconspicuous enough not to interfere with the judging of the photo and a clean, watermark-free
 version of the photo must be available at FWSP’s request. If a watermark-free version cannot be provided, the entry will be disqualified. Please do not include photographs that display people who are identifiable.

HOW TO ENTER:
Internet access is required to participate in the contest. Participants must review the full rules
before entering any photos. Photos must be submitted electronically via Friends of Wisconsin state parks website FWSP.org. There is no entry fee to participate. No more than four(4) photos may be entered by any one person. See website FWSP.org for instructions.
To submit your photos go to FWSP.org
  1. Visit FWSP.org and click on the photo contest page.
  2. Follow the instructions on the contest page.
All photos uploaded to the FWSP contest page should have:
  1. The season. (Spring, Summer, Fall, and winter)
  2. The state park, forest, or trail name where the photo was taken.
  3. Name of Photographer. (first and last)
  4. Photographer’s Address. (Street, City, ZIP)
  5. Phone #.
  6. Email Address.
  7. Friends group affiliation, if any.
This information will be required to submit the photos at the FWSP.org Contest Page. This information is needed so that FWSP can, 
  1. properly credit contest photos when utilized in promotional media, and
  2. notify winners.

Click here to enter your photo


JUDGING:
FWSP will review each photograph received and will accept only those entries that meet the official requirements outlined in these rules. A panel of FWSP board members and staff will review accepted entries and select the winning photos. Selected photos are not official winners until high resolution, watermark-free versions are provided to FWSP. If such a version cannot be provided, an alternate winner will be selected. The decisions of FWSP and the contest judges are final.
WINNERS:
Winners will be notified in September 2021. Winning photos will appear in the 2022 FWSP calendar,
tentatively set to release in the Fall of 2021.
YOUR RIGHTS:
By participating in the contest, you hereby grant FWSP unlimited, non-exclusive, irrevocable
permission to publish and reproduce your image in media including but not limited to the website,
and promotional materials into perpetuity. You retain all other applicable ownership rights to the
photo. FWSP agrees to properly credit photographers whenever their photos are used. FWSP reserves
the right to exclude any photo from the contest.

Patricia Loosen
Executive Director Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
patricia.loosen@fwsp.org
608-264-8994

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Photo 2021 Photo Contest

Ends: Tuesday, September 7, 2021, midnight

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) invites all interested individuals to enter their favorite state park, forest, trail or recreation area photo in our annual photography competition. Winners will be featured in the 2022 Friends of
Wisconsin State Parks Calendar, released in the Fall of 2021.
There are so many opportunities to enjoy the Wisconsin state parks during all four seasons. We are looking for photo entries that include beautiful scenery along with people recreating and enjoying activities like hiking, picnicking, cross country skiing, kayaking/canoeing, horseback riding, biking and exploring.
(View Contest Rules)
WHO MAY ENTER:
Submissions are accepted from amateur photographers ages 14 and over. Professional photographers who earn more than half of their income taking pictures are not eligible. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks board members will determine winners’ eligibility. Employees of the Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources and board members of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and their immediate family members are not eligible to win.

WHAT TO ENTER:
  • Photos must be submitted in high resolution (at least 300 DPI). 
  • Photographs must have been shot within the past three years (since Jan. 1, 2019).
  • Photographs must portray a specific Wisconsin State Park, Forest, or Trail and cannot include illegal activities (i.e. camping in an unauthorized area). We are looking for photos that show scenes from the parks, forests, trails and recreation areas. Wildlife photos will not score as high as people enjoying activities submissions.
  • Cropped photos are eligible, horizontal images are preferred. Photos that appear unnatural will not be considered.
  • An entrant must hold all rights to a photograph. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must secure a model release from the subject and include this with the submission.
  • Photographs previously published or pending publication, or photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s copyright, are not eligible.
  • You may submit one photograph per season and up to 4 total entries. We do not accept more than one contestant per email address.
BY ENTERING A PHOTO YOU ARE VERIFYING:
• The image is your own;
• The photo has not been altered beyond standard optimization;
• The photo is not subject to any third party agreements;
• And no laws were violated in obtaining the photo.

Photos should accurately reflect the original image. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (cropping, color, contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. This includes the digital addition or deletion of objects in the photos. Photo eligibility is the sole discretion of the contest judges. Photos may originate in any form but must be submitted electronically. A high-resolution image must be submitted. If a high-resolution photo cannot be provided, the entry will be disqualified. Photos may also be watermarked if desired when uploaded to the contest page, however: the watermark should be inconspicuous enough not to interfere with the judging of the photo and a clean, watermark-free
 version of the photo must be available at FWSP’s request. If a watermark-free version cannot be provided, the entry will be disqualified. Please do not include photographs that display people who are identifiable.

HOW TO ENTER:
Internet access is required to participate in the contest. Participants must review the full rules
before entering any photos. Photos must be submitted electronically via Friends of Wisconsin state parks website FWSP.org. There is no entry fee to participate. No more than four(4) photos may be entered by any one person. See website FWSP.org for instructions.
To submit your photos go to FWSP.org
  1. Visit FWSP.org and click on the photo contest page.
  2. Follow the instructions on the contest page.
All photos uploaded to the FWSP contest page should have:
  1. The season. (Spring, Summer, Fall, and winter)
  2. The state park, forest, or trail name where the photo was taken.
  3. Name of Photographer. (first and last)
  4. Photographer’s Address. (Street, City, ZIP)
  5. Phone #.
  6. Email Address.
  7. Friends group affiliation, if any.
This information will be required to submit the photos at the FWSP.org Contest Page. This information is needed so that FWSP can, 
  1. properly credit contest photos when utilized in promotional media, and
  2. notify winners.

Click here to enter your photo


JUDGING:
FWSP will review each photograph received and will accept only those entries that meet the official requirements outlined in these rules. A panel of FWSP board members and staff will review accepted entries and select the winning photos. Selected photos are not official winners until high resolution, watermark-free versions are provided to FWSP. If such a version cannot be provided, an alternate winner will be selected. The decisions of FWSP and the contest judges are final.
WINNERS:
Winners will be notified in September 2021. Winning photos will appear in the 2022 FWSP calendar,
tentatively set to release in the Fall of 2021.
YOUR RIGHTS:
By participating in the contest, you hereby grant FWSP unlimited, non-exclusive, irrevocable
permission to publish and reproduce your image in media including but not limited to the website,
and promotional materials into perpetuity. You retain all other applicable ownership rights to the
photo. FWSP agrees to properly credit photographers whenever their photos are used. FWSP reserves
the right to exclude any photo from the contest.

Patricia Loosen
Executive Director Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
patricia.loosen@fwsp.org
608-264-8994
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Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
2021
Gold Seal Awards

Ends  Friday, August 31, 2021


Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are asking for your vote in this year’s contest categories. If you are a camper, biker, hunter, hiker, angler, or park visitor, cast your vote for your favorite state park, forest, trail, or recreation area inthe following categories.
The winning parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas will be presented with a Gold Seal Award in November 2021.
The statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
organization runs the Gold Seal Award program each year to highlight Wisconsin’sparks, trails, and forests.

The 2021 Gold Seal Contest Categories are:
  • Best state park system property for family recreation
  • Best state park system property for a sunrise hike
  • Best state park system property for hike-in or bike-in campsites
  • Best state park system property for viewing small wildlife
  • Best state park system trail for biking with children
  • Best state park system property for observing butterflies
  • Best state park system property for flying kites
  • Best state park system property to do a strenuous workout
  • Best state park system property to learn about astronomy
  • Best state park system property for viewing historic indigenous mounds

Gold Seal Award Nominations

by on May 11, 2021
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks 2021 Gold Seal Awards Ends   Friday, August 31, 2021 Download Flyer Friends of Wisconsin Sta...
FWSP depends on the generosity of donors for the funds required to carry out its mission of preserving, protecting, promoting, and enhancing Wisconsin State Parks, Trails, Forests, and Recreation Areas. 
ln collaboration with over 80 local Friend's chapters, we seek to enrich the park experience for the millions of people who visit each year and to ensure that millions more will be able to enjoy Wisconsin's natural treasures in the future.

We also educate lawmakers and citizens on issues that impact their parks. And each year, we support local Friends groups by providing funds for education-related activities such as hiring park naturalists, developing interpretive exhibits, hosting wildlife demonstrations and outdoor skill training sessions, and improving key infrastructure in our parks. 
We are continually seeking to grow our capacity to positively impact Wisconsin parks. If you or your business would be interested in partnering with FWSP, please contact us. 
Patricia Loosen
Executive Director FWSP
101 S. Webster Street PR6
Madison, WI 53707
PH 608-294-0810



Support Your Parks

by on February 02, 2021
FWSP depends on the generosity of donors for the funds required to carry out its mission of preserving, protecting, promoting, and enhancing...

2021 Gift Packages:
Gifts that keep on giving – Give the Gift of Recreation!”


Welcome to The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store for 2021 Ordering online makes shopping very easy. Orders are processed and shipped within 1-2 business days via USPS.
The 2021 state park vehicle admission stickers and trail passes make great gifts. They are gifts that can be used every day, all year long, all around the state at our beautiful Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store uses PayPal. You can shop with or without a PayPal account. It's easy:




Since its inception in 1996, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked with state park, forest, trail, and recreation area Friends Groups to improve state lands experience for the millions of people who visit each year and to ensure that millions more will be able to enjoy Wisconsin’s natural beauty in the future.
Click the map to enlarge. (Courtesy of WI DNR)
Believing that each generation is responsible for leaving behind a better legacy of conservation, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks was created to preserve, protect, promote and enhance Wisconsin’s state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is a non-profit umbrella organization supporting over 80+ friends groups around the state. FWSP provides technical support, sponsors events such as Work*Play*Earth Day, an annual Volunteer Jamboree, photography contest, and Gold Seal and HERO awards. It also provides grant opportunities for the state parks.
  • Every year friends groups provide thousands of volunteer hours to help support the mission and activities of more than 70 Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas. Friends members: serve as campground hosts, visitor center hosts, naturalists, and nature center hosts, adopt a trail volunteers, and assist with other special projects at the property; 
  • raise money to purchase playground equipment, interpretive displays, signs, shelters, kiosks, educational materials, and more; 
  • organize annual park cleanups and regular trail work days;
  • plan and help with special events including Candlelight nights, Community campfires, festivals/concerts, educational programs, and other special events; 
  • provide and assist with concessions; and assist with the construction of trails, shelters and accessible cabins, birdhouses, and more.



The Friends of FWSP

by on February 01, 2021
Since its inception in 1996, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked with state park, forest, trail, and recreation area Friends Gr...
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is:
Preserving, Promoting, Protecting, and Enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas. 

FWSP is the official umbrella organization of the Friends groups for state parks, trails, forests, and recreation areas in Wisconsin. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks supports the work of 87 local Friends chapters around the state and the work that they do at the park, forest, trail, or recreation areas that they are associated with.

Our organization is made up of volunteers and people like you who have a love of our state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas and a desire to support their recreational, environmental, and economic value. Members of our organization promote the mission of the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks to preserve and protect our parks’ natural resources and to provide recreational opportunities for all. 

The FWSP and the local groups work on projects and events at the state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas around the state that enhance the property and provide enjoyment for the many visitors each year. Our friends work to protect our natural resources and preserve Wisconsin's unique natural treasures for future generations.
 
 In addition, FWSP carries out its mission through these examples:

Preserve
FWSP sponsors the annual Work*Play*Earth Day projects around the state in April each year — volunteers and Friends members complete projects and clean up at state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.

Protect
FWSP advocates on state park system issues in an effort to protect Wisconsin’s beautiful state park, forest, trail, and recreation area properties. FWSP also hosts Friends Summit meetings around the state so that local Friends chapters are informed and supported in their local area.

Promote
FWSP funds projects and issues grants to local Friends chapters for educational programs and interpretive projects around the state at parks, forests, trails and recreation areas for visitors to enjoy. FWSP hosts an annual Photo contest to promote recreation at state park system properties.

Enhance
FWSP funds Tree and Flower projects at park offices and high visibility areas for the enjoyment of park visitors around the state. Friends chapters also use grant funding for projects that enhance parks, forests, and trails.

About FWSP

by on November 25, 2020
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is: Preserving, Promoting, Protecting, and Enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, a...

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are working on behalf of Friends Groups and state land users. Key priorities and action items are listed below. Please share with your Friends Group, legislators and other decision-makers. Find your legislator here https://legis.wisconsin.gov/. Consider contacting members of the powerful Joint Finance Committee. Read More about our positions.

Legislative Issues

by on November 25, 2020
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks are working on behalf of Friends Groups and state land users. Key priorities and action items ar...


The Natural Resources Foundation.

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks works closely with The Natural Resources Foundation. Specifically, we introduce our Friends Groups to grant opportunities offered by The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin funds projects that have a significant and positive impact on Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife, and that connect people to Wisconsin’s natural wonders.

The Natural Resources Foundation have invested nearly $7 million in public and private conservation efforts—from funding statewide wildlife monitoring programs to creating butterfly gardens at local schools, and from building trails at state parks to helping recover the federally endangered whooping crane.
Please click the following link for information:

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grants to Nonprofit Conservation Organizations (NCOs) applications will be due March 15, 2021

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grants to Nonprofit Conservation Organizations (NCOs) applications will be due March 15, 2021, for the following grant subprograms:
  • at Area grants
  • Natural Area grants
  • Stream Bank Protection grants
  • State Trail grants
Application material for the fiscal 2021-2022 NCO grant cycle is available online:

This application cycle is open to nonprofit applicants for land acquisition projects. Please direct any questions to DNR Grant Project Managers for the appropriate region. You can find their contact information on DNR's website.

On behalf of DNR's NCO grant team, we look forward to working with you and the next round of Knowles-Nelson Stewardship successes.

Sincerely,
Pam Foster Felt
Stewardship Nonprofit Grant Manager



The David and Joyce Weizenicker Fund for State Parks

The David and Joyce Weizenicker Fund for State Parks was established to support projects on Wisconsin State Park properties that facilitate accessibility for senior citizens, especially trail development, maintenance and restoration, and the development and maintenance of rest stops, including benches, overlooks, and interpretive signage. Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Photo:  David and Joyce Weizenicker pictured at Kinnickinnic State Park at the unveiling of a new trail funded in part by the David and Joyce Weizenicker Fund for State Parks. Photo by Caitlin Williamson

Eligibility:
Applicant must be a Friends group of a Wisconsin State Park property, with a formal agreement in place with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
A 1:1 match is required. Match may include cash or in-kind support such as volunteer hours or donated materials.
Project expenses may not have been incurred prior to submitting the application.  More information....

Grant Information

by on November 24, 2020
Check out this link for detailed list of grant resources The Natural Resources Foundation. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks works close...
For over 20 years, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) has been dedicated to preserving, protecting, promoting, and enhancing Wisconsin's state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas 

Working in collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources and local Friends groups, FWSP has coordinated thousands of hours of volunteer efforts, raised funds for vital state park programs and causes, and provided a public voice for our state's outdoor treasures in the legislative process.

Each year more than 17 million people visit Wisconsin state parks. State financial support for parks has diminished and FWSP continues to work with local Friends groups to fill in the gaps, provide outdoor education and improve the state park experience for the millions of people who visit each year.

It is imperative to FWSP and the Wisconsin DNR that each organization continues to work in collaboration with the other in the service of their mutual constituencies. Both organizations are rooted in deep and trusting relationships with park users and Wisconsin citizens, positioning themselves to serve and mobilize individuals around the issues of protecting, preserving, promoting, and enhancing state parks.

To be effective, both organizations must share and combine resources, skills, and experiences that will enable them to engage with, and adapt to, the changing political and societal landscapes around them. FWSP Strategic Plan....


FWSP and WDNR Work Together

by on November 22, 2020
For over 20 years, Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) has been dedicated to preserving, protecting, promoting, and enhancing Wisconsin&...
Friends of Wisconsin State ParksPatricia LoosenExecutive Director FWSPP.O. Box 2271Madison, WI 53701-2271Patricia.Loosen@FWSP.org608-294-0810
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Help us celebrate and preserve Wisconsin's natural legacy for today and future generations.