The votes are in! Here are the top 3 finalists in each category of this year's Best of Lake Minnetonka.
Walking along the water in downtown Wayzata one evening last April, Wayzata resident Nelson Hill came across an image he had to stop and appreciate.
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.
At the end of long summer days, Deb Zeller enjoys taking leisurely walks around the grounds of Parley Lake Winery, taking in the fresh air and setting sun. “I like to stroll the grounds, especially as the sun starts to get lower in the sky,” Zeller says.
Shoshana Anderson, at right, was Greenwood's Queen in 2016-2017. Joy Newgard, bottom left, founded and directs the Lake Minnetonka Area Ambassadors Program.
It took Craig Eiler three visits and many hours of waiting last July to capture his photo, Here Comes the Train. Minnetonka resident Eiler frequently visits Wayzata and has been to the Wayzata Depot & Museum many times.
Over the years, when filmmakers from Hollywood and elsewhere have shot in Minnesota, one of their favorite locations has been Lake Minnetonka. The most recent example was the Fox Searchlight comedy-drama movie Wilson, which was released earlier this year.
Local photographer Anna Williams perfectly captured Lake Minnetonka’s summer bliss in her photo “Peaceful Moment.” She took the snap in 2016 on Lafayette Bay, with Big Island in the distance.
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It's that time of year again: The Lens on Lake Minnetonka photo contest has returned for its 7th year of beautiful photos of our community.