Field Station Photo Contest Marks 50th Anniversary

Entries due September 1, 2017
By UW-Waukesha

Field Station

The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its Field Station with a juried photo contest. The contest is open to anyone—professional or amateur—who submits a photograph he or she has taken at the Field Station since it first opened in 1967.  For a half-century, the University, led by on-site manager, Marlin Johnson, has worked to create an outdoor classroom by converting old cornfields to prairie and woodlands.  “We felt this contest is one of the best ways to commemorate the changes to this beautiful site,” said Johnson.

Photographers visiting the 98-acre Field Station, located near Waterville, will appreciate nine-foot tall prairie grasses and 50-foot pine trees combined with a small lake, a spring-fed stream and a temporary pond providing hundreds of photo opportunities. Added attractions include the original farmstead, a small classroom building, a wood-fired kiln and the Wildlife In Need Center.

Entry categories are: plants, wildlife, people, buildings or scenery (limited to three entries per category.) Photographs can be black and white or color and are to be submitted electrically as jpg attachments to by Friday, September 1, 2017. For complete contest details (including size limits and submission details), as well as more information about the Field Station, visit:         

Cash prizes and certificates of merit will be awarded for each category. Selected photos will be displayed at the Field Station 50th Anniversary celebration on September 29-30, 2017 and at the UW-Waukesha Fine Arts Gallery October 23-November 2, 2017.

The Field Station address is W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066. The site is open to the public from dawn to dusk. For further information about the contest, please email:


Link to Photo Contest Details


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications