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National Historic Preservation Act 50th Anniversary Photo Contest

September 22, 2016

Wisconsin State Historic Preservation

Wisconsin State Historic Preservation

The Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office is holding a photo contest to celebrate 50 years of the National Historic Preservation Act. This is a chance to show off your photography skills and celebrate the historic places in Wisconsin that are important to you. The top 50 finalists will have their photographs featured on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website to honor the historic places that matter to you.
The Jenkynsville Primitive Methodist Church was built in 1861 in Lafayette County
View the property record: AHI 65291
How to Enter
All entries must be made through the online form. Entries via mail or in person will not be accepted.
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•The Contest is open to all Wisconsin Residents
•The Photo must be taken of a historic place over 50 years old in Wisconsin. It does not have to be an officially designated historic site.
•Persons under 18 may participate with a parent or guardian's permission
•Both amateur and professional photographers can enter
•Multiple entries are allowed, but only 1 photograph allowed per entry form
•Entries must be submitted by October 7, 2016
•By entering the contest, participants agree to the official contest rules.

What to Enter

Wisconsin is filled with thousands of historic places from prehistoric archaeological sites to 20th century architectural wonders. The historic places we work together to preserve provide a valuable connection to our state’s rich past. What Wisconsin historic place is important to you? What role do historic places serve in your community and in our state? Your photo should capture and represent the importance and value of historic places in Wisconsin.
  • The subject should be a historic place in Wisconsin that is at least 50 years old including archaeological sites, historic buildings, historic landscapes, and historic structures. Most historic places are private property. Please respect the privacy and legal rights of property owners when photographing any property.
  • All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been excessively digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Entries must be saved in jpeg format and should be sized to be between 2000 and 6000 pixels in the longest dimension. Please limit your images to a maximum file size of 5MB.
  • Photographs must have been taken within five (5) years before the date of entry. Entries may have originated in any format — including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, color prints, or black and white prints, as long as they are submitted digitally through the online form. Mailed entries will not be accepted.

Top 50 entries will be selected by the panel. The top 50 photos will be displayed on the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website and at the Society’s annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.

The top five adult entries will be selected by the panel. Winners will be announced in October. Top five entries win:
  • Wisconsin Historical Society membership
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Press book
  • Archival print from the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
The top ten student entries (ages 18 and under) will be selected by the panel. Winners will be announced in October. The top ten student entries win:

Wisconsin Historical Society Student membership
Four guest passes to a Wisconsin Historical Society Historic Site
Wisconsin Historical Society Press book
The Wisconsin Historical Society reserves the right to substitute prizes at an equal or greater value.

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National Historic Preservation Act 50th Anniversary in Wisconsin

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