Wisconsin DOT recognizes Rustic Roads Photo Contest winners

Updated Oct 23, 2015
Jacob Sorenson’s winning photo of R29 from the Modes of Transportation category.Jacob Sorenson’s winning photo of R29  from the Modes of Transportation category.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) recently recognized 24 photographers as part of its Rustic Roads Photo Contest, a program that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first Rustic Road designated in the state.

rustic-40thThe Rustic Road program was established to “help citizens and local units of government preserve what remains of Wisconsin’s scenic, lightly traveled country roads.” WisDOT says these roads are under local municipality control, but are eligible for state aid programs like other public highways.

There are 117 Rustic Roads in Wisconsin which travel 669 miles across 59 counties. Eighty-four photographers entered 380 photos for the eight categories of the contest.

“The many outstanding photos we received are a vivid reminder that our scenic Rustic Roads network remains as popular as ever,” WisDOT Scenic Byways and Rustic Roads Coordinator Jane Carrola said. “We also need to thank all the counties, towns and other local governments who retain jurisdiction of Rustic Roads and keep them well maintained year-round.”

Winners and runner-up photographers include:

Most Artistic Photo or Composition

Winner: Charlotte Daniels, Rustic Road 60, Vilas County

Runner-up: TJ McCarthy, Rustic Road 88, Jefferson County

Runner-up: Suvi Tory, Rustic Road 33, Washington County

Best Complementary Feature – Barns and Buildings

Winner: Vicki Burritt, Rustic Road 26, La Crosse County

Runner-up: Suvi Tory, Rustic Road 52, Washington County

Runner-up: Stephen Kessenich, Rustic Road 106, Dodge County

Best Complementary Feature – Fences and Other

Winner: Cassandra Raymond, Rustic Road 77, Door County

Runner-up: Sue Boyd, Rustic Road 29, Walworth County

Runner-up: Sandra Stevermer, Rustic Road 28, Polk County

Modes of Transportation

​Winner: Jacob Sorensen, Rustic Road 29, Walworth County

Runner-up: Christine Barkley, Rustic Road 73, Clark County

Runner-up: Ryan Wisniewski, Rustic Road 19, Dane County

Best Wildlife or Wildflower Photo

Winner: Sheri Erickson, Rustic Road 4, St. Croix County

Runner-up: Pearl Christopherson, Rustic Road 9, Oconto County

Runner-up: Beth Wroblewski, Rustic Road 100, Iron County

Best Summer Scenic View

Winner: Dan Fearing, Rustic Road 112, Sauk County

Runner-up: Sheri Erickson, Rustic Road 4, St. Croix County

Runner-up: Jane Carlson, Rustic Road 70, Grant County

Best Fall Scenic View

Winner: Jan Day, Rustic Road 75, Iowa County

Runner-up: Susan Shibilski, Rustic Road 78, Lincoln County

Runner-up: Cassandra Raymond, Rustic Road 77, Door County

Best Winter Scenic View

Winner: June Goggins, Rustic Road 57, Waupaca County

Runner-up: Jan Day, Rustic Road 75, Iowa County

Runner-up: Suvi Tory, Rustic Road 86, Waukesha County

All winning and runner-up photos can be viewed here.