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Announcing the 8th annual Mobile Photography Contest and Exhibition! Photo captured on a mobile device are eligible, and entries will be accepted July 1-31. Submissions will be juried by Mark Anderson, a photographer and public relations specialist for Marion County. Prizes will be awarded in each category and all entries will be on view in an exhibition at the Appleton from Aug. 15-Sept. 11. This contest is open to all ages. No experience is necessary and there is no fee to enter. Participants may submit up to two photos in each category.

Please read below for information on submitting photos and other contest details.

2022 Contest Categories

sliced celery stalk with heart in the middleAccidentally Awesome

Have you ever taken a photo by accident, or had a photo turn out unexpectedly contest-worthy? Send us your photos with a brief explanation of why and how they are accidentally awesome.



detail of a green leaf

Weather, wildlife, fruits, flowers and more — show us how nature has inspired your mobile photography.




people caught in motion crossing the streetIn Motion

Movement can communicate a sense of action or mood and help tell a story. Send us your favorite motion shots!




a black and white portrait of a cat sitting on a chairPortrait

Use your family, friends or pets as inspiration for this category. Don’t be afraid to get creative!




Contest Information

  • Entries must be taken with a mobile device (mobile phone or tablet); photos taken with film or digital cameras will not be accepted.
  • From July 1-31, email photos to; include the category in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Photos must be sent via email. Entries submitted by mail or through Facebook or other social media will not be accepted.
  • Submitting to more than one category? Please send separate emails for each category. And remember, no more than two photos per category will be accepted.
  • Entries will be juried, and winning photos will be selected based on creativity, quality, responsiveness to the category and overall impact. Winners will be notified before announcements are made on social media.
  • All entries will be printed and displayed in the museum. For ease of printing, photos will be cropped by the Appleton to square or 4 x 5 inches. There are no guarantees for special printing of panoramas.
  • Photos must be tasteful and representative of the theme. Any photos or emails that do not adhere to all of the guidelines may be disqualified at the discretion
    of museum staff.
  • Questions? Email

Mobile Photography Exhibition

August 15-September 11, 2022

All entries will be printed and displayed in the museum, with a special feature wall for winners. Regular museum admission fees apply to see this exhibition. Admission is free on September 3 as part of the Free First Saturday program.

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