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Shawano launching photo contest

City looking for photos showing off community features

The city of Shawano is launching a photo contest aimed at celebrating the city and encouraging residents and visitors alike to take a look around at what the community has to offer.

“We wanted to do something to have an event that would be another reason to get people out into the community and get to see the things that are going on in the community,” Shawano Deputy Clerk Lesley Nemetz said.

“It gives them an excuse to kind of go out there and look around at something they might not have seen before,” she said. “We want to display the talents of our local residents and visitors and just provide an opportunity for people to see what we have going on around here.”

The contest will be broken down into five categories: parks and recreation — park scenery, people enjoying parks, participating in sports; arts and culture — performing arts, visual art, public art, ceremonies, cultural events; history — historical locations, artifacts, buildings and landmarks; landscapes — the natural beauty of the city; and drone photos — aerial views of cityscapes.

“Each winner will get a monetary prize as well as their photo put on a canvas that will be displayed at City Hall,” Nemetz said. “We’d also be using some of the photos on our web page for and future publications if need be.

The contest is open to residents and non-residents from July 15 through Oct. 31. All photos entered must be taken within the city limits.

Photographers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate.

A panel of judges selected by the city will identify the top photos in each category, which will be posted on the city’s web page ( by Nov. 15.

Online voting will take place from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15. A People’s Choice winner will be determined in each category with one overall grand prize winner determined by the judge’s panel. Each category will also have a youth division winner.

Photographs will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, composition and how an image expresses the theme of the selected category. Winners in each category will be notified by phone and/or email. They will be invited to receive their prize at the Jan. 8, 2020, Shawano Common Council meeting.

All submissions must be emailed to no later than 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 to be considered for the contest.

For questions or information, contact Nemetz at Shawano City Hall at 715-526-6138 or email