2017 Lens on Lake Minnetonka Winners

See the winners from this year's Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest!

Every year, Lake Minnetonka Magazine accepts photography submissions from the community for the annual Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest. The photos are submitted in five categories: Activities & Events; People & Families; Pets; Wildlife & Nature; and City Landmarks. In September, winners were selected by a Lake Minnetonka Magazine judging panel, and a Reader's Choice winner was awarded based on votes from the community at lakeminnetonkamag.com. Congrats to this year's winners!


Activities & Events
First place: "Under the Moon & Stars" by Bob Israel
Second place: "Evening Paddle on Gideon's Bay" by Cindy Barnett
Third place: “One Last Jump” by Tracie Bea Daum

City Landmarks
First place: “Burwell Summer” by Adam Magnuson
Second place: “Winter's Last Blast” by Craig Eiler
Third place: “Foggy Morning on Gray's Bridge” by Mark Arnold
Honorable Mention: "Excelsior Sunday Morning" by Mark Arnold

People & Families
First place: “The Cold Never Bothered Them Anyways (Arctic Fever)” by Tracie Bea Daum
Second place: “Monet in Minnetonka” by Linda Harl
Third place: “When Grandma Says "No TV" You Watch the Nature Channel!” by Linda Harl

First place: “Moana of Motunui” by Tracie Bea Daum
Second place: “Dog Days of Summer-Gideon's Bay” by Cindy Barnett
Third place: "Here's Looking at You" by Chris Grace

Wildlife & Nature
First place: “November Splendor” by Chris Grace
Second place: “When Was the Last Time You Saw One of These?” by Chris Grace
Third place: “Eagle Waiting to Eat Lunch” by Ann Beadle-Reinitz
Honorable mention: “Spring in Excelsior” by Cindy Barnett
Honorable mention: “Barred” by Kara Schmitz

Readers’ Choice
“God Bless The U.S.A.” by Kristyn Hewitt


The editorial and art jury reserved the right to move a photograph to a different category than the one in which it was submitted, and to award places based on the number and quality of photographs received. The Readers' Choice winner is the photograph that receives the total highest number of votes from readers on lakeminnetonkamag.com (all photographs submitted to the contest are on the ballot). The editorial and art jury has no involvement with selecting the Readers' Choice winner.