“Ceiling of Milwaukee Art Museum Lobby” by Lori J. Birr

This year’s first-place winning photograph was noted for its brilliant use of color and fine-angled view. The photo draws the viewer in, perhaps requiring a moment to identify what it truly is. To some of our judges it bore similarities to a flower, to others, a spacecraft. It is truly a remarkable example of architectural photography, and unique subject matter for this Door County newspaper.

Lori J. Birr is originally from Green Bay, WI. She graduated from UWGB with a B.A. in Fine Art and became an art teacher, which led to positions in Krakow, Poland and Manila, Philippines. She became far more interested in photography as an art form while pursuing her M.A. in Museum Studies in Sydney, Australia. Upon returning to the US, she lived in Florida for three years and this past year moved to Algoma.