F Stop: Joy
18 and older
"I Did That!"Submitted by: Jim Rudolph
Ultra runners have a fierce bond. The support they give one another often can make or break a race for them. Few of us test the limits of our physical bodies like they do. This is a shot I snapped of my friend Jess as she was checking her time at the finish of her first 100 mile race! The look on her friend's face who supported her shows complete joy!
"I Did That!"
A Piercing Joy!Submitted by: Terri Serate
Our daughter waited years to have her ears pierced like her big sister. She wanted to have it done while visiting Bumpa and Nana in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This photo is when she was shown her "new ears".
A Piercing Joy!
Jumping for JoySubmitted by: Lisa Rudolph
I am at my happiest while hiking in the mountains. My husband captured this shot of me having a burst of joy while descending from a hike in Wyoming.
Jumping for Joy
UnconditionalSubmitted by: Lisa Rudolph
Dogs love unconditionally. This is Buddy. He and I have a bond. When my friend noticed how he was attempting to hug me, she snapped a few shots. I love this image. The look on his face is clearly full of joy!
Baby Got Bath TimeSubmitted by: Kasey Schumacher
A clean baby full of giggles and smiles before getting ready to enjoy a bottle, a bedtime story, and drifting off to sleep.
Baby Got Bath Time
BrothersSubmitted by: Lindsay Schultz Wolfrath
These two both had rough starts in life and ended up as hindlimb amputees. Their 3-legged status doesn't slow them down and they are the best friends two brothers could be. Snuggling together in the sun is one of their great joys. Watching them thrive after the past abuse they suffered is mine.
Catching SnowballsSubmitted by: Martha Olson
Maggie (black lab), Zap (yellow lab) and even Moose (Jack Russel) don’t let 14 inches of snow overnight keep them from frolicking in the fresh powder, although catching snowballs proves challenging.
Happy BoySubmitted by: Karissa McDowell
One thing my dog loves to do is walk. After a long stroll around the neighborhood he’s a pooped pooch but super happy, so much so that he doesn’t care I was balancing grass on his head.
I can finally fly!Submitted by: Kala Peterson
Raising monarchs brings us such joy! The caterpillars are so fun to take care of and it never gets old watching them turn into butterflies. Releasing a new butterfly into the world brings so much joy to not only us, after all the work caring for the caterpillars, but presumably the butterfly who can finally fly!! What a feeling that must be!
I can finally fly!
illusions & euphoriaSubmitted by: Tina Dansone
World can seem black and gray most of the times, it can be simply more understandable that way too. Somehow it becomes even more colorless and soulless in the winter, when with the dreadful weather all the doubts and misery crawl in too. But sometimes trough all of that dejection you still manage to find beauty in the small, the easy destructive - beautiful frost. That makes you want to be careful, resilient and able to find the charm in the time you once hated.
illusions & euphoria
Joie de vivreSubmitted by: Victoria Hatch
Old man winter has gone to sleep and the color returns to the world, our world. Fresh air, new adventures to dream about as we lay down to sleep. Who knows what lays beyond the next curve on the trail? In this moment it's the steps of our feet, the smell of the earth, and the joy of life.
Joie de vivre
JoySubmitted by: Victoria Hatch
Our days are a sea of to do lists, thousands of voices in our ears, our heads, our lives. So many voices, you can't understand the rush of them. It's when I stop and breathe and look at the simple and complex beauty of a flower. The vibrant color brings happiness, the feeling of warmth, love, and beloved memories of our pasts and hope for the future. Even though in the winter they seem dead, they're merely sleeping. Remember joy can be found in the simplist of things and hope lies there as well.
Joy is Being OutdoorsSubmitted by: Jada Pieterick
Cracker Lake, Glacier National Park, July 2022.
This image captures resilience as I just finished my 7 miles up 1700’ hike when I captured this photo. I was nervous hiking alone and was tired from the heat. However, when I finally saw the lake, none of that mattered; I was overwhelmed with resilience.
Joy is Being Outdoors
Joyful NoiseSubmitted by: Jim Rudolph
We feel lucky to have good musical artists come to Oshkosh. When the band Trombone Shorty came here from New Orleans, I was able to capture this moment of pure joy of the saxophone player!
Keeping it Clean in Waukau CreekSubmitted by: Kelly Reyer
Joy is sparked when you leave a place cleaner than when you found it.
Keeping it Clean in Waukau Creek
Missed BedtimeSubmitted by: Claire Koepp
Golden hour. Dress-up clothes. Summer warmth. Friendly neighborhood. Missed bedtime. Childhood bliss.
Peek-A-BooSubmitted by: Claire Koepp
This is my husband, Will, playing peek-a-boo on a dock with our 3-month-old daughter Merryn this summer at one of our family’s favorite places to visit. I love their eye contact, her joy in playing with her dad, and I see my husband’s joy in sharing this moment with his daughter at a place that is so special to him.
Pen PalsSubmitted by: Terri Serate
Amelia reading to her pen pal, Beanie. They are 88 years apart and have been writing back and forth over the past year. When visiting her grandmother (who is Beanie's caretaker), they were invited over for a tea party together. Amelia brought her favorite book, newly checked out from the Oshkosh Public Library to read to her dear friend. The book title is "Never, Not Ever" by Beatrice Alemanga. Both loved it very much!
The Joy of GibraltarSubmitted by: Lisa Rudolph
This photo captures one perspective of Gibraltar Rock in Lodi WI. It is a popular segment of the Ice Age Trail which runs through the state and is unique to Wisconsin. My husband and I find our joy in hiking various segments all through the year and visiting the trail communities!
The Joy of Gibraltar
Toothy grinSubmitted by: Lindsay Schultz Wolfrath
Seeing the joy through this boy's eyes is my ultimate joy. I'll never know how I got so lucky to be his mama, but I do know that the world is a much happier place with him in it.
When mama takes you to Culver’sSubmitted by: Kasey Schumacher
What’s better than spending time with your mom and your baby brother as you wait for a delicious order of Wisconsin cheese curds to arrive at your table? Pure happiness for this 3-year-old.
When mama takes you to Culver’s
13-17 years old
A light in the cloudsSubmitted by: Dayshia Darden
Clouds form a circle shape with a light in the middle trees in from are dark makes clouds pop out
A light in the clouds
Fire works in the skySubmitted by: Dayshia Dardedn
Fire works in a early night sky, lights up the sky
Fire works in the sky
FlowerSubmitted by: Isabella Strobel
The photo shows details of a flower in nature. It is also very colorful so it captures your eyes immediately.
Shining with JoySubmitted by: Lydia Smith
This image personifies the way joy shines, despite pain, and creates beauty through pain. The light in the photo is reflecting through a sculpture that illuminates everything around it into enchanting shapes and patterns. Without the darkness the light would not be able to shine and the same is true with joy and pain. Without pain there would be no appreciation for joy. The darkness and pain is necessary to show the power and beauty of light and joy.
Shining with Joy
Simple Summer JoysSubmitted by: Lydia Smith
This photo was taken on a late summer day while the sunlight happened to wash over the bloomed clematis flowers lighting them with a warm glow. The image embodies the reminiscent joys felt when remembering past summer days. Perhaps viewers of this photo will see in it a reminder to stop, smell the flowers, and embrace the simple joys life brings.
Simple Summer Joys