Springtime in Maquoketa


After a long winter, it’s nice to finally see crocuses and tulips poking out of the ground. Warm weather will be here before we know it! As part of the Layers of Maquoketa celebration, a photography contest will be held. The theme is “Springtime in Maquoketa.” We’re asking photographers of all ages to take photos of what Springtime in Maquoketa looks like to them. 

Submission Categories: 

  • Landscape/Still Life (fields, barns, flowers)

  • Daily Life/Candid (gardening, kids playing);

  • Wildlife/Livestock (birds, cows, dogs)

Photographer Classes: Adult (13 and over); Youth (12 and under)

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 27

Judging: Wednesday, May 2

Photos will be displayed at the MAE from Monday, April 30 to Saturday, May 5.

Prizes will be awarded for each category/class, as well as overall Best in Show.

All photo submissions will be judged based on: Originality/creativity, Story telling, Composition, Appropriateness to the theme, and Technical proficiency (lighting, exposure and focus).


Submission Guidelines:

  • Photos must be originals, taken by the person whose name is associated with the photo submission.

  • Photos may be edited/filtered for color (or black & white), but no "artistic" filters (e.g., watercolor, mosaic, pen & ink, etc.), nor any photoshopping should be used. No other media (e.g., paint, pen, etc.) should be applied to the photo.

  • Photos must be no smaller than 5x7" and no larger than 11x14".

  • Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper, and mounted on black foamcore board, with at least 1" margin on all sides.

  • Photo submissions should be marked on the back with the photographer's name, age, photo category, and city of residence.

  • Photo submissions can be dropped off at the MAE/Chamber of Commerce.

  • Photo submissions can be retrieved after the contest beginning Monday, May 7. Any submissions not retrieved by Friday, May 8 will be discarded.

  • By submitting a photo, the photographer agrees that the photo may be used in association with promotion of the Layers of Maquoketa celebration, and may be reproduced in the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press if the results of the photography contest are published.


Announcing the "Spring in Maquoketa Photo Event" results!

Best In Show: Joyce Ostert, Candid 
Still Life 
    1st Place: Kent Crawford 
    Runner-Up: Jenna Yeager 
    Honorable Mention: Elly Flenker 
    1st Place: Joyce Ostert

    Runner-Up: Brittany Hayes 
    Honorable Mention: Cathy Seyfert 
    1st Place: Allyson Lema 
    Runner-Up: Elly Flenker 
    Honorable Mention: Trevyn Rupp  

The prizes can be picked up starting Friday morning. at the Maquoketa Art Experience.  Layers of Maquoketa would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions: Frenzi Cafe, Sweet Things Bakery, Voy Theaters and Farmer’s Creek/Mac’s Wine Cellar.

We are pleased with the number of submissions, the range of creative viewpoints, and the variety of artistic styles. Unfortunately, we didn’t receive any youth submissions, but we will continue to include the youth category in future events, and hope for the best!