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Photo by Kelly Nechuta, Hayward, WI


The Living Light Photography Contest was founded in 2012, in memory of local photographer and naturalist, Seddie Cogswell.

Seddie was a self-described “student of light.” Cogswell photographed the Northwoods scenic visions for 40 years. He owned and operated the Gallery in Cable for 13 years where he sold art of local artists. After he retired from running a business, he sold his photographs at art galleries in Ashland, Bayfield, Hayward, Chippewa Falls and Duluth.

“Morning light is my favorite subject,” Seddie related. “Light is the only thing your camera sees. The subject you are photographing can be a birch grove or a loon on a lake, it doesn’t matter. If the light is right, the subject matter doesn’t make any difference to me.”

Today, the contest continues with generous support from local photographer and gallery owner, James Netz, at James Netz Photography in Hayward, WI.

To fit with the Museum’s mission, entries should focus on Northwoods nature in the Cable region. Focusing on lakes, to match our current “Lakes Alive!” exhibit is a plus. Photos must be taken between June 1 and August 31, of the current year.

This contest is open to photographers of all ages and levels of experience.


View or print the entry form here.


Celebrate the winning photos at an opening reception on Saturday, September 30 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. at the Museum. Award Program at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


The contest will take a break in 2018, but might be back in a different form for 2019. Stay tuned!


2017 Award Winners: