Photography Contest
Photo Collage - 2010 entries

2011 Winning Photos

The 2011 contest received a record 674 entries!

More than 100 students attended the judging event held in the UC Kinnickinnic Theater. Images were displayed on the big screen as the judges evaluated them.

About the judges

Steve Wewerka, a successful editorial, commercial and fine art photographer based in the Twin Cities. Wewerka’s clients include TIME Magazine, The Saint Paul Foundation and Twin Cities Parents Magazine. He shoots commercially for many national clients, and pursues fine art projects as well. Steve’s work can be viewed at:

Jens Gunelson, UWRF Campus Photographer for the University Communications Department, is a very talented and versatile photographer whose work appears in the all the university’s publications. He has been shooting everything on campus from sports and portraits, to landscapes and news for 35 years. Jens’ work can be seen at:

Contest deadline was midnight Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011

Judging took place Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011, 7 p.m. UC Kinnickinnic Theater

Contest coordinator: Dr. Valica Boudry
Contest sponsored by UWRF Department of Journalism

2011 Contest Rules

New for 2011!

Digital submissions only. Printed photos not accepted.

1. Photographs must be submitted as a digital file. Original photographs may be from film, slides or a digital camera, but must be converted to a JPG digital file for submission. Image file size may not exceed 5 MB.

2. Deadline: All entry JPG files must be e-mailed to uwrfjournalism@gmail.commail by midnight on Wednesday, Mar. 30

3. Each entry must follow the following submission guidelines:

  • All images must have a title.

  • The e-mail subject line must be the title of the image.

  • The file name of the image must also be the title of the image.

  • In the body of the e-mail should be the title of the image, category submitting to, a sentence or two about the photo, the name of the photographer, major, year in school and hometown and state. Below this required information, you may also include any other information about the photograph that you wish to share.

  • Only one image per e-mail.

4. Entries not following contest rules will automatically be disqualified.

5. Maximum number of entries per student is 10.

6. Contestants agree to allow their photos to be displayed indefinitely in an online exhibit of the photo contest on the university’s website. Contestants retain all rights to their photographs.

7. A jury of two photographers will judge the entries for first, second and third places in each category, and select photographs from the remaining entries for exhibition on the university’s website. Judges' decisions are final. Judging:  Wednesday, Apr. 6, 7 p.m. UC Kinnickinnic Theater, free and open to the public


Entries may be color or black-and-white.

1. Feature: Emphasis is on capturing slice-of-life photographs. Photos could be taken anywhere, such as public events and places such as urban scenes, travel photos, sports, fairs, and festivals. These are photographs of the little moments of life and can generally stand on their own as an image.

2. Personality/Portrait: Emphasis is on capturing the expressions, moods and/or personality of a person.

3. Pictorial: Emphasis is on strong composition. Pictorials are generally done of the landscape, whether a natural landscape or man-made landscape, but they are not limited to this. They may have people in them, but the people will generally be secondary to the overall visual.

4. Digitally Manipulated: Emphasis is on the computer manipulation of original image.

5. Sports: Emphasis may be on either “peak action” in sports, such as a football player catching a pass or a basketball player going for a dunk shot, or “sports feature” meaning all the action happening around a game, such as the fans, sidelines or celebratory/dejection of winning or losing teams.

6. News: Emphasis may be on either “spot news” which are unplanned news events, such as fires, accidents, storms; or it may be on “general news” which are events that we know are going to happen, such as protests, speeches, festivals, funerals.

Questions to journalism@uwrf.edumail

Entries to uwrfjournalism@gmail.commail by midnight, Mar. 30

2011 Winning Photos

Archive of Past Winners

To e-mail Your JPGs:

Image file size may not exceed 5 MB.

Set the width of the picture between 6-10 inches wide.

Set the resolution between 72-300 pixels per inch, (ideally 72, as that will help decrease the file size but will not result in image quality loss for viewing purposes)

Send only one image per e-mail.

Make sure you follow all submissions rules listed in contest rules or your entry will be automatically disqualified.

E-mail entries to uwrfjournalism@gmail.commail by midnight, Wednesday, March 30.