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Wildlife Photo Contest


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2014 Wildlife Photo Contest Winners!

At the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society, we’re wild about wildlife! So wild, in fact, that we care for 5,000 injured, sick and orphaned wild animals each year, and help nearly 20,000 people who call us for advice every year about interacting humanely with wildlife. To celebrate Wisconsin’s wildlife, we’re pleased to announce our third-annual photo contest! 

Click here to view the 2013 contest winners!

The 2014 Wildlife Photo Contest is now closed.


*NEW* Contestant Categories

New this year, we're offering two categories to help include a wide variety of photographers, from professionals to hobbyists. When submitting your photos, please be sure to include the name of the category that applies to you. The categories will be judged separately and three winners will be chosen from each. 

  • Amateur - Makes 0 to 5% of income from taking photos.

  • Professional - Makes more than 5% of income taking photos.

How to Enter

There is a $10 non-refundable entry fee per photo, which benefits the wild animals at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Entering the contest is quick and easy:

  • 1) Read the rules & guidelines below
  • 2) Click the "enter here" button at the bottom of this page
  • 3) Complete the payment form
  • 4) We'll instantly email you instructions on where you send your photo(s)!

Celebrity judges will determine the top three photos from each of the categories. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 to be considered. If you have questions about the contest, please e-mail


This year, we have six fantastic prizes sure to please any animal lover. In both categories, the first place winners will get first choice from the prize pool, the second place winners will choose second, and the third place winners will automatically receive the remaining prize.

  • An Exclusive Wildlife Experience - Priceless

    Be a VIP guest at the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee. You and up to five friends will get a private behind-the-scenes tour of our facility with our licensed rehabilitators, visiting some of our patients and learning the ins and outs of our hospital. To top things off, you'll get a one-on-one meet and greet with Talon the Peregrine Falcon, Picasso the Eastern Screech Owl, CrowBaby the American Crow, and Amelia & Lindberg the Big Brown Bats!


  • Bird Lover's Supply Kit - $200 value

    Details to come!


  • Tickets to Milwaukee's Best Food Tasting Event - $100 value

    You'll get to choose between two tickets to either Feasting For Fido in Milwaukee or Feasting For Felix in Saukville. Both of these identical fundraisers include an evening of delicious food, beer, wine, a fantastic silent auction, festive music, and -of course- animal greeters!


Thank you to our many wonderful judges for volunteering their time and expertise to the 2014 Wild About Wisconsin Photo Contest!

  • Dan Small - TV Host, Outdoor Wisconsin
  • Vince Condella - Chief Meteorologist, FOX6 News
  • Mark Baden - Chief Meteorologist, WISN12 News
  • Jim Stingl - Columnist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Ken Leinbach - Executive Director, Urban Ecology Center
  • Ben Lorber - Director/Program Assistant, WISN12 News
  • Sara Stum - Director of Individual Giving & Membership, Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Brian Hansen - Photographer, Brian Hansen Photography
  • Lisa Curtis - Reporter, Ozaukee News Graphic
  • Jackie Crivello - Owner, Wild Birds Unlimited
  • Stephanie Lecci - Coordinating Producer, WUWM-HD 89.7 Milwaukee Public Radio

Rules & Guidelines

  • All entries must be received by the Wisconsin Humane Society no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, March 17, 2014 to be considered.
  • Absolutely no print photographs will be accepted.
  • Only digital entries in jpeg (.jpg) or tiff (.tif) format will be considered. Slight digital adjustments of color, contrast and exposure are allowed, as is cropping. However, photos that have been heavily digitally altered and/or digital composites, as determined by the sole discretion of the judges, will be disqualified. We recommend that photographs be at least 1 MB.
  • Winners’ names will be published on the WHS website, posted to the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Facebook Page, and shared with media outlets, in addition to being on display at the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
  • Photograph(s) that depict people, in part or in whole, will be disqualified.
  • Only images of indigenous wild animals photographed in Wisconsin will be selected. For purposes of this contest, “indigenous wild animals” may include introduced wildlife that is well established in Wisconsin such as House Sparrows, Rock Pigeons, Mute Swans, and Ring-necked Pheasants; birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians are okay: no fish; no insects, spiders, or other invertebrates.
  • Please, no companion animals (dogs, cats, domestic rabbits, etc.), or exotic animals (lions, kangaroos, zebras, etc.). No zoo or game farm animals. However, wild animals legally held for public educational purposes by agencies such as licensed wildlife rehabilitators or nature centers are permitted.
  • All images must be of living animals photographed and depicted in a humane and dignified manner. Animals must not be willfully disturbed, injured, harassed or otherwise put at risk when they are photographed.
  • Images that depict unsafe behavior by humans as they interact with animals are not acceptable.
  • By submitting an entry, you declare that the photo submitted is your original work and that the photograph was taken in Wisconsin.
  • You will be notified ONLY if your photo is chosen as a prize winner by the contest judges.
  • By submitting an image to the 2014 Wild about Wisconsin Photo Contest, the entrant/photographer retains copyright of the image but grants the Wisconsin Humane Society unrestricted rights to use their photograph for any purpose. This includes, but is not limited to, publishing the photograph in print or electronic form without further compensation. By submitting your image, you represent that you have all the rights to it. It is the responsibility of the contestant to ensure that publication of the photographs raises no legal claims. Accordingly, you hereby agree to compensate the Wisconsin Humane Society fully regarding any claims arising out of the use of your photograph(s).
  • Winners will be notified by e-mail. A return response via e-mail from the winner will be needed in order to ship the prize. Failure to respond within 30 days will constitute forfeiture of the prize. If forfeited, the prize will remain the property of the Wisconsin Humane Society. Another prize-winner may be selected.
  • Winners are responsible for paying all local, county, state and federal taxes on prizes.

The 2014 Wildlife Photo Contest is now closed.