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Picture Plymouth 2017 Photo Contest

It's that time of year again: The Picture Plymouth photo contest has returned for its 8th year of beautiful photos of our community. This photo contest, presented by Plymouth Magazine, showcases the best photographers in our community—not to mention the subjects that give them inspiration.

We're looking for photos that show off the core values of Plymouth in five categories:

Winter Fog

“I’ve always been a water baby,” says Jim Strand, a Plymouth photographer. Strand is a retired computer production manager, but he’s had a love for photography since he was 18 years old.

Strand was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state for a short time in his youth. Compared to his hometown of Madison, Wis., the mountains and hills of the West Coast were a far different experience than the lakes of the Midwest. Struck by the beauty, Strand began his photography hobby, primarily focusing on pictures of nature.

Picture Plymouth: Relaxing in the Sun

Minnesota weather means bundling up in coats and layers for most of the year, but warmer weather in full swing calls for breaking out the colorful clothes. Last summer, 5-year-old Livy MacCourt was enjoying the day and looking at the water off the pier at Wayzata Beach.

But she was also modeling her new sundress for her mom, Jenny MacCourt. A pattern tester, MacCourt calls upon her two daughters to model and try out the sewing designs. She describes her youngest daughter, Livy, as her sometimes dramatic, natural model.

Picture Plymouth: More Than Just Snapshots

The mention of ice cream on a warm summer day makes kids’ and adults’ mouths water. Plymouth resident Peg Brantman and her grandson, 6-year-old Zachary, were enjoying an event with animals from the Zoomobile. They had to make a stop on their way out when the two spotted the ice cream. With her Cannon Powershot ready, she captured this shot of her grandson and his colorful ice cream treat.

Picture Plymouth: Profile of an Artist

Brandon Nees Daly is a 28-year-old musician and photographer who graduated from Wayzata High School in 2005, attended Mankato State University for three years, then transferred to McNally Smith College of Music for two years, graduating with a bachelor of arts in music business. Last year his photo, The Watcher, won first place in the Picture Plymouth photo contest’s Pets category.

‘Frozen’ In Time

The photo, titled “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” after the Disney movie’s popular song, was a finalist in the 2014 Picture Plymouth photo contest. See winners from this year’s contest on this page beginning next month.

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