Cash prizes added to photo contest

by Jim Boyle

Your favorite photo that you snapped in Elk River this past year that highlights why you love it here so much could be worth money.

Or maybe it’s one you take this weekend as you consider why this community energizes you that puts a $100 in your back pocket.

The Sandhill Photography Photo Club is sponsoring a “Powered by Nature” Photography Contest, and the City of Elk River’s Economic Development Department has agreed to offer up cash prizes.

The deadline to submit photos for consideration is June  21.

The first-place winner will get $100 in Elk River Chamber Bucks, which is good at chamber member businesses all over town. Second place will receive 50 Chamber Bucks. To third place will go 25  Chamber Bucks.

The top 10 photos will be on display at Elk River’s Fourth of July Celebration at Lions Park.

The contest is taking its lead from Elk River’s Powered by Nature branding initiative. The Sandhill Photography Club, led by Jay Grammond, has turned to the community for photos that highlight what Elk River means to residents.

So the question becomes what does Powered by Nature look like in pictures? What about Elk River energizes you? What brought you here? What makes you proud to call Elk River home?”

Those interested in entering the contest should send their photos to The photos will be turned over to the club for judging. Please include information about the photo, how the photograph represents what you think of Elk River and contact information in the event you are a winner.

The cost per photo entry is $5. Send your check or money to the Star News at 506 Freeport Ave. N.W., Elk River, Minn. 55330.

Winning photos will be on display in the community throughout the year.

Winners will be selected on the basis of composition, technical merit, originality and impact. “By impact we mean what’s your initial response to the photo,” said Jay Grammond, the founder of the Sandhill Photography Club.

Judges will be members of the photo club.

For more information on the club, visit their Facebook site under  Sandhill Photography Club.