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Every year, Lake Minnetonka Magazine accepts photography submissions from the community for our annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest. The photos are submitted in five categories: Activities & Events; People & Families; Pets; Wildlife & Nature; and City Landmarks.

Minnesotans are known for their fierce love of the state and its culture, but few cities inspire as much loyalty and passion as the ones around our beautiful Lake Minnetonka.

This summer, local photographer Jim Douglas captured the spirit of Excelsior’s Firecracker Run, an annual Fourth of July tradition that’s been around for more than 40 years.

This purrfect black-and-white smile belongs to Moana of Motunui, a foster kitten from the Carver Scott Humane Society.

Late Wayzata police officer Bill Matthews with his son Wyatt and wife Shawn.

Officer Bill Mathews was tragically hit and killed by a distracted driver in September 2017.

This adorable and summery photo won the Readers’ Choice award in our 2017 Lens on Lake Minnetonka contest. We talked with photographer Kristyn Hewitt about this patriotic little cutie.

Tell us about the subject of this photo.

Mound shutterbug Chris Grace took this photo, November Splendor, which won first place in the Wildlife & Nature category of our 2017 Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest.

Cindy Barnett, an Excelsior resident with an innate love for the outdoors, especially her beloved Gideon’s Bay, snapped this photo one day late last July.
 

Every year, the Cottagewood Store in Deephaven hosts a popular neighborhood party to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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Wednesday, July 29
[Arts & Performance]
This demonstration-only workshop will be an introduction to making vegetable papyrus, a proto-paper made solely from fruits and vegetables.
Saturday, August 8
[Arts & Performance]
Learn about Indo-Islamic papermaking and its role in the history of papermaking.