2019 Discover Stillwater Photo Contest

Stillwater, MN – One of America’s Most Picturesque Towns (according to USA Today Travel) is hosting their 7th annual photo contest where anyone, amateur or professional, has a chance to win prizes. With big prize incentives, it’s a great excuse to take a road-trip to the Birthplace of Minnesota. The Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau (Discover Stillwater) invites those with a love for capturing great photos to submit their best Stillwater images by October 8, 2019 for the chance to win up to $300 or a Stillwater Getaway Package valued at $1000. There will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd place cash prizes and a popular vote category who wins the grand prize of the Stillwater Getaway Package which includes the following:


•   $200 Lodging Voucher for any lodging property listed on DiscoverStillwater.com/lodging.

Things to Do

•   $50 at Lift Bridge Brewery. Tours, taproom, or merchandise.

•   Two-hour bike rental for two at Mike’s Electric Bikes

•   Two tickets to the Stillwater Escape Room

•   $50 at Aamodts Apple Orchard

•   $50 Thor’s Hard Cider Tap Room

•   Two tickets to a performance at The Zephyr Theatre

•   $50 Just for Me Spa


•   $50 Lion’s Tavern

•   $50 The Tilted Tiki

•   $50 No Neck Tony’s

•   $50 Matchstick Grill at Hotel Crosby


•   $50 Jori & June

•   $50 Forget Me Not

•   $50 Minnesota Made Apparel

•   $50 Trembley’s Candy Shop

•   $25 Valley Bookseller

•   $25 Stillwater Olive Oil Company

Winners will all also receive recognition on the DiscoverStillwater.com website and social media as well as a showcase in the 2020 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide. Images are encouraged from all four seasons and must be taken in Stillwater, Minnesota. Ideas include people and/or places that portray Stillwater’s history, people having fun, events, landmarks, scenery, attractions, dining, lodging, river activities, weddings, culinary travel, art scene, families, nature, adventure, boutiques, architecture, and more. Photographers are encouraged to find what inspires them about the Stillwater travel destination. Up to five images can be submitted with a preferred minimum resolution of 300dpi.

Official contest rules and entry page link is available at http://www.DiscoverStillwater.com/photo-contest. Popular vote winners will be determined by an online voting tool in October with a new approach this year limiting the voting to the top 25 photos as selected by a panel of judges from the Discover Stillwater Board members who also traditionally select the cash prize winners.  Winners will be notified in October.

Located on the scenic St. Croix River bordering Minnesota and Wisconsin, Stillwater is a popular year-round Midwest travel destination located just minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Since the opening of the new St. Croix Crossing bridge in the summer of 2017, the popular downtown historic district has seen a surge of investment with two new boutique Main Street hotels as well as multiple vacation home rentals, new restaurants, shops and attractions such as electric bike rentals and Segway tours to explore the beautiful new bike trails of this rivertown.

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