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See the winner of our 2023 Picture of the Year contest

Cast your vote on your favorite 2023 photos submitted by readers.

A view of the sunset and capital building from Blue Mound

“Blue Mound capital view” | Photo submitted by Steve S.

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Who knew there were so many talented photographers in Madison? The votes are in for the 608today 2023 Picture of the Year contest. Check out the finalists below, including the winner that you, our readers, voted for.

A view of the sunset and capital building from Blue Mound

“Blue Mound capital view” | Photo submitted by Steve S.

Winner: “Blue Mound capital view” by Steve S.

I spy with my little eye ... the capital on the horizon.

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“Moon encircled by tree at Zoo Lights” | Photo submitted by Sylvia R.

Second place finalist: “Moon encircled by tree at Zoo Lights” by Sylvia R.

Every winter season, Henry Vilas Zoo is lit with nearly 1 million holiday lights.

Madison's skyline at dusk or dawn with the moon directly above the capital

“Moon over Madison” | Photo submitted by Melissa P.

Third place finalist: “Moon over Madison” by Melissa P.

This one makes us feel like we’re being transported to a planet in “Star Wars.”

Black and white photo of the Washburn Observatory, Jupiter is visible in the sky above

“Jupiter over the Washburn Observatory” | Photo submitted by Jeff W.

Finalist: “Jupiter over the Washburn Observatory” by by Jeff W.

An old-time feel to this photo of UW-Madison’s old observatory, built in 1881, forever looking to the skies.

Lady Liberty poking out of the ice on frozen Lake Mendota

“Frozen Assets Festival” | Photo submitted by Scott W.

Finalist: “Frozen Assets Festival” by Scott W.

Give me your huddled masses yearning to celebrate a Wisconsin winter.

Geese family watching a watersji show

“Geese Family scores front row seats to MadCitySki team practice” | Photo submitted by Beth P.

Finalist: “Geese Family scores front row seats” by Beth P.

Mad-City Ski Team is fun for 608 families from all walks waddles of life.

608 picture of year sailboats

“Lake Mendota Summer Solace” | Sarah A.

Finalist: “Lake Mendota Summer Solace” by Sarah A.

Chilling out lakeside under a summer sun is peak 608.

Merrill Springs cistern on Lake Mendota reflecting on the water

“Merrill Springs cistern on Lake Mendota” | Photo submitted by Martha S.

Finalist: “Merrill Springs cistern” by Martha S.

A Madisonian can find a bit of peace at any one of Madison’s 270 parks.

Black and white photo of a praying mantis

“Kayaking Bliss” | Photo submitted by Debbie K.

Finalist: “Kayaking Bliss” by Debbie K.

The Royal Thai Pavilion, at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, is a perfect backdrop for a paddle.

Reflection of capital on glass building

“Reflection” | Photo submitted by Cathy B.

Finalist: “Reflection” by Cathy B.

Wisconsin, the woman atop our Wisconsin State Capitol, shimmers in Madison’s bright blue sky.