ZIP MKE
28 zip codes, 1 city.
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a photo album for the city.

Photo by Amber Ascher. Riverwest / 53212.


 

GUIDELINES.

ASK YOURSELF:

WHAT IS OF VALUE IN MY CITY?  

WHAT TELLS A STORY YOU THINK IS WORTH SEEING?

Perhaps it's your next door neighbor or someone you met at a bus stop and shot the breeze with for a few minutes.  A beautiful park you discovered or building that caught your eye because of its unique character.  A moment of social activism or a special cultural event that captures the spirit of our diversity.  

We are looking for:

  • clear, quality photographs
    • they can be taken on any kind of camera (e.g., phone, DSLR) and can be manipulated, as long as trendy filters or disorienting angles are avoided.
  • photographs that capture the beauty of the people, places, and events in each ZIP Code of the city of Milwaukee (see samples and tips below).   
  • photographs that tell a story because they will stand alone with no accompanying description other than your name.  
  • candids (with an interesting activity taking place), portraits (as long as part of the neighborhood is visible), architecture, or nature scenes.

Copyright policy: 

  • Photographers retain all copyright on any photo(s) submitted to ZIP MKE.  All photos will be credited with the photographer's name.  However, ZIP MKE reserves non-exclusive publication rights to feature photos on its website, on social media platforms, and in formal exhibition. Other uses of original photos may be possible upon agreement with the owner of the copyright.  We promise to never sell or distribute your personal information.

IMPORTANT:  If any person to be photographed is under 18 years of age, permission must be obtained from a parent or adult guardian on behalf of said minor child before photographing.


tips.

PEOPLE (candids)

  1. Choose a particular event to attend or location to shoot ahead of time.
  2. Spend time prior to your actual shoot studying the scene.
  3. Take sufficient practice shots.
  4. Take more photos than you’ll end up using.
  5. Immerse yourself within the immediate space of the subject/activity.
Photo by Kristine Hinrichs / 53202

Photo by Kristine Hinrichs / 53202

PEOPLE (portraits)

  1. Consider that absolutely anybody will make an excellent subject for a portrait.
  2. Take time to get to know your subjects through observation and genuine conversation.
  3. Meet your subjects where they are at.
  4. Just like candids, your portrait subjects’ expression and body language are incredibly important aspects to capture.
  5. Strike a balance between your artistic vision as a portrait photographer and your subjects’ spontaneity on the set.
  6. Consider logistics.
Photo by Barry Weatherall / 53204

Photo by Barry Weatherall / 53204

ARCHITECTURE & OBJECTS

 

The old and new, the quotidian and extraordinary.  It's all MKE.

SCENIC & NATURAL

 

A city of parks, beaches, a State Forest and a State Park!

 

submit here.

 

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You may submit up to 20 photos at a time.  Please name each file with your name and the zip code in which the photo was taken (for example, Brian McDougall 53212).

If you are a student, please indicate your school's complete name and your grade in the "Additional Information" box.