City Announces Winners In Views Of the Valley Photo Contest

From the butterfly in “Rest Time” to the umbrella in “Hoping For Sun,” the 2011 Views of the Valley Photo Contest winners capture the tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty residents of this community have grown to expect.

A panel of judges selected winners from three categories: Natural, Lifestyle, and Enhanced. A People’s Choice winner is selected by the public through online and ballot box voting.

Overall grand prize, and first prize in the Natural Golden Valley category, went to “Rest Time,” by Patrick O’Rourke. Honorable mention in that category went to “Swamp Stump” by Peter Meinz and “Striped Caterpillar” by Jan Prazak.

First prize in the Golden Valley Lifestyle category went to “Ski. . . Wirth” by Janice Laulainen. Honorable mention in Lifestyle went to “Hoping For Sun” by Kalin Kauppila, which also won People’s Choice.

The Enhanced Golden Valley category honors photos significantly altered by editing software, and first prize went to “Life is a Journey” by Audrey Jewett.

The first place prize in each of the three categories is $50.

The People’s Choice prize is $25. The overall grand prize is an additional $50. Winners also receive certificates of appreciation.

The Views of the Valley contest aims to promote Golden Valley and civic pride. Judges for 2011 were John Michael, a KMSP producer and photographer; Margie Vigoren, communications specialist for the City of Plymouth; Mary Tan, communications coordinator for the City of Brooklyn Park; and Chris O’Connor, a producer for Northwest Community TV. Next year’s contest deadline will be June 6, 2012.


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