Discover Stillwater’s 5th annual summer photo contest has announced the winners. There were 350 entries (see all here) this year showcasing a variety of stunning scenes of the Stillwater area. The Stillwater/Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors selected the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners: Kelley Brenner won first place with the perfect capture of river boats and hot air balloons between the historic Lift Bridge and new St. Croix Crossing Bridge, Jessica Rother took second place with an image of two young friends sitting among the positive chalk messages on the historic Main Street stairs, and Ron Brenner took third place by capturing a historic moment as the final car crossed the Lift Bridge with an excited crowd high-fiving the Mayor of Stillwater. The top three winners will receive cash prizes of $300, $200, $100. Honorable Mentions were also given to photos by Charles Packard, Maureen Lee, Dale Peterson, Sandra Allweiler-Ebert, Ray Kreps, and Sharon Humphreys.
Stillwater visitors, locals, and fans took part during September by voting online for the Popular Vote category winner. The winner selected by the public was Abby Dean whose photo fit the ‘Selfies and Scenes’ of Stillwater theme for the contest this year perfectly with a picture of a young girl standing at the riverfront pretending to hold up the Lift Bridge. Abby will receive a Stillwater Getaway Package valued at $1000 which includes a night stay at the William Sauntry Mansion and gift certificates from these sponsors: golf for 4 with a cart at Logger’s Trail Golf Course, 2 tickets for a Sawdust Savvy workshop, $100 for Ziggy’s, $50 Lift Bridge Brewery, $50 Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop, $50 Cooks of Crocus Hill, $50 Dock Cafe, $50 Stokes Jewelry, 2 Tickets to Murder Mystery Dinner Show, Warden’s House Museum annual family membership,$25 Gammy & Gumpys, $25 Kids Oasis Event & Party Space, $25 Mad Capper Saloon, $25 South Hill Vintage, $25 Lil’ Tulips, $25 Valley Bookseller.
All winners will all also receive recognition on the DiscoverStillwater.com website, Discover Stillwater social media, and be showcased in the 2018 Official Stillwater Visitors Guide/Map.
“We had so much fun looking through the photos with selfies taken on the river, at restaurants, and anywhere in Stillwater they were smiling with friends. This is what the contest is all about – showcasing happy times for all ages visiting our destination.” Christie Rosckes, Discover Stillwater Marketing Director
Official contest rules and past winners link is available at http://www.DiscoverStillwater.com/photo-contest. Stillwater is a popular tourist destination located just minutes from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, on the scenic St. Croix River, and is considered the Birthplace of Minnesota.