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.
We’ve seen Peg Brantman’s work among the finalists at Picture Plymouth before—it’s clear she has a natural eye. But overall excellence in the annual Picture Plymouth photo contest is a prize, even for an accomplished artist such as Brantman. “I am so surprised and pleased,” she says, adding, “I almost didn’t enter this photo, choosing it over another I had considered.”
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.
In the early evening of April 30, 2013, on Parker’s Lake, Gloria Rice set up
her Canon EOS Rebel T2i and waited for the setting sun’s best possible lighting
for a memorable photo.
“In the spring I always have my camera with me, because the migrating and
local birds and waterfowl are all in their colorful breeding plumage, so they
make spectacular models,” the retired University of Minnesota executive accounts
specialist says. “Watching the courting rituals is a special treat.”