Views Of The Valley Winners Announced!

Four judges ranked Charles Ludwig’s “A Rough Day” as the overall 2017 Views of the Valley winner out of 52 entries. “A Rough Day” also won the People’s Choice award, marking the first time since 2007 that a photo won both the overall judges’ pick and the popular vote.


Second place went to “Sweeny Splendor” by Chuck Smith, with third place going to “Happy New Year” by Thomas Eickhoff.

The first place winner received $100 and an additional $25 for winning the People’s Choice category. Second and third place winners each received $50.

Honorable mentions were awarded to “Suburban Foxes” by Tristan Herzog, “Now That’s Camouflage!” by Lucy Feneis, and “Skijoring” by Stan Waldhauser.

Judges were Brian Rosemeyer, City of Plymouth Communications Coordinator; Mike Peterson, City of Crystal Communications Coordinator; Kelsey Gorsen, City of Hopkins Communications Coordinator; and John Kluchka, Golden Valley Arts League.

The entry deadline for the 26th Views of the Valley photo contest will be late summer 2018, in an effort to coincide with a potential display at the Golden Valley Arts & Music Festival. More details coming soon.

This year, the Golden Valley Arts League is working with the City to mount a retrospective of 25 years of Views Of the Valley photography for display at the Arts & Music Festival Sept 17. Watch the City website for more information.

To learn more about Views Of The Valley, or to look at past winners going back to 1993, go here.

The next submission deadline may be a year away, but it’s never too early to go out and capture your views of the valley.

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