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 life during a global pandemic.
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-
  6. 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.
  7. Photos must be in jpg, jpeg, png, or gif format.  
  8. Photos must be original works by the entrant. No logos or watermarks on images, please.  
  9. Entries must be submitted by: Oct.16, 2020 


  • Ages 13 to 17
  • 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.

Winners will be awarded in each of the two age groups:

  • First place
         Ages 13 - 17
    HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer for iPhone or Android

         Ages 18 and older

    (1) 16x20 Canvas
    (1) 16x20 Traditional Print and mounted on Foamcore
    (1) 11x14 Print on Metal
    $50 Downtown Oshkosh Gift Card

  • Second place
         Ages 13 - 17
    LED Ring Light with Tripod, Desk Stand and Phone Holder

         Ages 18 and older

    (1) 16x20 Traditional Print and mounted on Foamcore
    (1)  8x10 Print on Metal
    $25 Downtown Oshkosh Gift Card

  • Third place
         Ages 13 - 17
    Overhead Video Stand Phone Holder

         Ages 18 and older
    (1) 11x14 Print on Metal   
    $15 Downtown Oshkosh Gift Card

  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 @ 6:30 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.

Composition and Storytelling Photography Class with Michael Cooney
Tues., Oct. 6 @ 6 p.m. - To register: Send an email to toland@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org.
This introduction to photographic composition will detail the critical elements that work together to make a photo work including creating a photographic frame, subject placement, creating balance, rule
of thirds and how to use vertical, diagonal, and horizontal lines to compose your images. This will be a Zoom meeting designed for photographers of all skill levels. There will be time for discussion
following the program.

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 bords and more) you can personalize and display your favorite photographs.


Monday, September 14, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, October 16, 2020 - 8:00am
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