Photos, photos, and more photos

1/20/2017 - Meridith Jumisko


When you’re researching a place to go for vacation, what helps sway you? Perhaps awesome photos?! Here at the Visitors Bureau, we know a thing or two about the importance of good photos. We use photos on this website, on our social media channels, in our Kenosha Area Visitors Guide, in our FUN 101 brochure, in print and digital ads, and in many other places as well to grab the attention of potential visitors.

We acquire photos in a variety of ways – including by tapping into the photography skills of local residents and visitors. Anyone who loves to take photos – and thinks they have some great ones that showcase places and spaces visitors would want to see and experience while in Kenosha County – are invited to enter our annual Picture Your Kenosha Photo Contest.

This contest would not be possible without everyone who participates – so thank you to those who took the time to submit photos last year. I do believe the 2016 edition of the contest saw a record number of photo entries – 511! Some tough decisions were made by the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau team to whittle down the choices and choose the top three photos.

The contest would also not be possible without our generous restaurant partners who donate gift cards so each winner receives a dinner for two at a local restaurant. Thank you Twisted Cuisine, Sazzy B/The Buzz Cafe, and Tuscany Bistro Bar & Grill!

I now share with you some of the photos – including the winning ones – that caught our attention in this edition of the photo contest!


A. Taking first place for her photo of a Kenosha Kingfish game at Simmons Field is Katie McAuliffe of Kenosha.

B. Andrew Meier of Kenosha took the second place photo of a Kenosha Electric Streetcar.

C. The third place photo is of Kenosha HarborMarket, taken by Michelle Eckert of Burlington.

D. Karen Johnson, of Kenosha, submitted many photos of the Collins Family from Indiana. This was their first visit to Kenosha and they stopped at Mars Cheese Castle (shown), Villa D’Carlo, Tenuta’s Deli, and the lakefront.

E. Atanu Biswas, of Peoria, Illinois, sent photos of the Kenosha Sculpture Walk. He shared, “It is a beautiful city which is also great for photography. We plan to revisit in 2017.”

F. The final four photos shown were submitted by Kenosha residents and used in our new 2017 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide. Kris Hedges submitted photos from the Sweet Corn Fest at Jerry Smith Produce & Pumpkin Farm.

G. This is one of my absolute favorite photos! It was submitted by Denyse Shaner, taken at Cheese-A-Palooza.

H. Kaylie Gesky captured the sunrise on our Lake Michigan shore.

I. Tiffany Ortega took this photo at Simmons Island Beach.

The photo contest continues in 2017; go here for the official rules and to enter the contest. Good luck – and may it be your photo we name a 2017 winner and/or use in our 2018 Kenosha Area Visitors Guide!

Meridith Jumisko

Public Relations Director, Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

An auntie. One-time skydiver. Fan of dessert, football, country music, and sticky notes. I document. Everything. And archive. Everything.