F Stop: Joy - Photography Contest & Exhibit



A photography contest and exhibit

Contest is open Sept. 12 - Oct. 15


F Stop is calling for original photos that show your interpretation of joy. Use your camera and creativity to tell your story.

Thank you to our generous sponsors Generac and Camera Casino.

2022 Contest Rules

  1. You must either live in the Oshkosh area OR hold an Oshkosh Public Library card.
  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 “joy."
  5. Hard copy photos will not be accepted. Entries must be submitted using the official online entry form -OR-
  6. Submit through Instagram using #FStop22 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.15, 2022


  • 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 toland@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org.
  • Employees of Oshkosh Public Library and judges are not eligible to enter.  

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

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

  • First place
         Ages 13 - 17
  • (1) instax mini 9 - instant camera bundle
  • $50 Downtown Oshkosh Gift Card

        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
  • (1)  Pro master Remote camera Pistol Grip with tripod mount
  • $25 Downtown Oshkosh Gift Card

        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

  • (1)  Clip-on Ring Light
  • $15 Downtown Oshkosh Gift Card

               Ages 18 and older

  • (1) 11x14 Print on Metal 
  •  $15 Downtown Oshkosh Gift Card


  1. Winners will be contacted shortly after the end of judging. All winners will be part of an in person exhibit.
  2. All contestants agree to allow Oshkosh Public Library to use the entries in print, in person 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. 


  1. Register for a free online photography class taught by an expert instructor. Gale Courses offers several options for all skill levels.
  2. Class Central has a curated catalog of online courses popularly known as MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses spread across different online course providers.
  3. You can learn anything with Khan Academy. Free educational courses are available to you anytime, anywhere.
  4. Browse the library's online catalog for books about photography.
Monday, September 12, 2022 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 8:00am
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