F Stop: Resilience online photography contest & exhibit

An online photography contest and exhibit


F Stop: Resilience is seeking original photos that reflect your interpretation of resilience. Use your camera and creativity to tell your story.
Thank you to our generous 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 “resilience."
  5. Hard copy photos will not be accepted. Entries must be submitted using the official online entry form -OR-
  6. Submit through Instagram using #FStop21 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, 2021


  • 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 Oshkosh Public Library and judges are not eligible to enter.  

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

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

  • First place
         Ages 13 - 17

    Ball pod with tripod mount and a $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

    LED mini ring light and $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

    Flexpod DX tabletop tripod with smartphone charger and $15 Downtown Oshkosh Gift Card   
        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. 


  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 giant 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.


View the 2020 Online Exhibit: FStop: Shelter
Watch the FStop: Shelter video

Monday, September 13, 2021 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 8:00am
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