Lakes & Watershed Commission’s 25th Anniversary Photo Contest

“Beyond the Water’s Edge” Photography Contest Announced Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission

A collaboration of artists, poets and water resource experts invite Dane County photographers to participate in “Beyond the Water’s Edge,” a creative investigation of Dane County lakes, rivers and wetlands to celebrate 25 years of service from the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission.

The contest is open from July 22 to August 22. This is a juried photography contest with selected poetry to accompany the contest winners in five categories: beauty and (re-)vision, recreation and tourism, caring for our waters, troubled waters, and water and daily life. Contest details are available at the contest website:

Photographers are asked to consider a list of 25 special water-related places in Dane County in their contest entries. A map and brief description of those places is linked from the contest web site (

County Executive and Honorary Contest Co-Chair Joe Parisi said: “For 25 years the county’s Lakes and Watershed Commission has worked to protect our waterways and connect residents and visitors to all that they offer. I encourage photographers to enter the contest, and for everyone to explore the county’s 25 special water-related places. There are some high profile spots we all know and enjoy, and some little-known gems and restoration stories that can inspire us.”

“Loving our waters is the first step to preserving and enhancing our waters,” said County Board Chair and Honorary Contest Co-Chair John Hendrick. “I look forward to some beautiful and inspiring images.”

“This year, the Lakes and Watershed Commission marks the 25th year that it has been working for Dane County residents and the waters on which they depend,” said Melissa Malott, Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission Chair and Contest Honorary Co-Chair. “Inviting photographers and poets to help us celebrate the good work done by so many to protect and improve our waters seemed a perfect way to honor this milestone.”

An exhibition of winning photographs and accompanying poetry is planned for November and December 2013 at the Goodman South Madison Branch of the Madison Public Library. The Lakes and Watershed Commission will rotate the exhibition around the county in 2014.

Contest Sponsors and Steering Committee Representatives – Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission (Rebecca Power and Sue Jones), Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (Kelly Parks Snider and Pam Andros), Center for Photography at Madison (Bill Pielsticker), and Verse Wisconsin (Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman).

Photography Jurors – Bill Pielsticker (President, Center for Photography at Madison) and Pat Dillon (accomplished artist and author)

Poetry Curators – Wendy Vardaman and Sarah Busse, Madison Poets Laureate