F Stop: Shelter online photography contest & exhibit


An online photography contest and exhibit

F Stop: Shelter is seeking original photos that reflect your interpretation of shelter. In the wake of the COVID-19 health crisis, shelter conjures up images of both physical structures and sacred places of emotional refuge. You can take shelter at home, in nature, in books, in your personal beliefs, or in the company of loved ones. Use your camera and creativity to tell the story of daily life during a global pandemic.
A special thank you to our sponsor Camera Casino!


  1. You must either live in the Oshkosh area or be an Oshkosh Public Library cardholder.
  2. Each participant may submit two photos. Submissions of online entries is final (no re-submissions).
  3. Photos must be taken within the last year.
  4. Photographs must include a caption, less than 150 words, describing the image and how it captures “shelter”.
  5. Hard copy photos will not be accepted. Entries must be submitted using the official online entry form or
    submit through Instagram using #OPLFStop and tag @OshkoshPublicLibrary in the text. Include your name, city and age category. Set your privacy settings to allow @OshkoshPublicLibrary to see your submissions. Follow the library @oshkoshpubliclibrary on Instagram.
  6. Photos must be in jpg, jpeg, png, or gif format.  
  7. Photos must be original works by the entrant. No logos or watermarks on images, please.  
  8. Entries must be submitted by: Oct.16, 2020 

1. Ages 13 to 17
2. Ages 18 and older

  • Oshkosh Public Library reserves the non-exclusive right to use the photographs at our discretion.
  • Photographer is responsible for obtaining necessary permissions if photo contains an identifiable individual.  
  • There is no entry fee. 
  • For help with your submission, email info@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org.
  • Employees of the Oshkosh Public Library and judges are not eligible to enter.  

Photos will be judged on composition and how the image reflects shelter.

PRIZES (to be announced)
Winners will be awarded in each of the two age groups:

    Ages 13 - 17
    Ages 18 and older
    Ages 13 - 17
    Ages 18 and older
    Ages 13 - 17
    Ages 18 and older
  1. Winners will be contacted by phone shortly after the end of judging. All winners will be part of a virtual online exhibit on the library's website page: oshkoshpubliclibrary.org.
  2. All contestants agree to allow Oshkosh Public Library to use the entries in print and online.
  3. Winners may be asked to provide a photo of themselves to appear with their entries. 
  4. The decisions of the judges are final. Submission indicates acceptance of all contest rules. 

Ask the Experts
Tues., Sept. 29 @ 6 p.m. - To register: Send an email to toland@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org. Experienced photographers will answer your questions. Learn about lighting, lenses, favorite touch up tips, and other techniques.
How to Display Your Photographs
Thurs., Oct. 8 @ 6:30 p.m. - To register: Send an email to toland@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org. Camera Casino Store Manager Andy Ratchman shows you the many creative ways (print on metal, slate, cutting boards and more) you can personalize and display your favorite photographs.

SUBMISSION FORM (coming soon)