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VOTE: Patch's Summer Vacation Photo Contest—Week 1

Here are your finalists. Who has your vote?

Sharing snapshots from a recent vacation isn't a new idea. But being rewarded for it is.

Patch has partnered with Caribou Coffee, , Foodies on Foot and  to sweeten the idea of sharing.

On Monday, we asked Patch users to from this summer. After nearly 200 submissions in less than three days, Northfield Patch Editor Corey Butler Jr. and Minnesota Associate Regional Editor Kevira Voegele selected 10 photos as finalists. 

Now we're asking you to leave a comment at the bottom of this page telling us which is your favorite photo (numbered 1-10 above). You surely could just leave the number, but go ahead and tell us why you liked the photo. Be sure to share the page with all your friends to see if you can drum up more support for your favorite snapshot. Voting ends 9 p.m. Sunday.

Then on Monday we'll announce the winner from the first week. He or she will receive a $25 Caribou Coffee gift card. We'll also kick off the second week of nominations on Monday. There were a lot of great photos the first week, so don't be discouraged if you weren't selected and be sure to try again next week because we're having four weekly contests all for $25 Caribou Coffee gift cards.

After the four weeks, the winners face off for seven days of voting. The photo that collects the most comments of support gets the photographer a grand prize getaway to Stillwater valued up to $500 with an overnight stay at Water Street Inn, a Foodies on Foot adventure and a tour at Northern Vineyards Winery.

And, some of the legal details: 

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, upload your summer vacation photos to the “Patch's Summer Vacation Photo Contest“ post on any of the 25 Minnesota Patch sites. Entrants can only submit photos of their own original photos, which must be from this summer. The use of any agencies or automated software to submit entries will void all entries submitted by that person. 
  • All entries must be received by 9 p.m. CDT Wednesday of the competing week.
  • Four weekly winners will receive a $25 gift card to Caribou Coffee.
  • One grand prize winner selected from the weekly winners will receive a grand prize valued up to $500. The grand prize includes an overnight stay at Water Street Inn, a Foodies on Foot adventure and a tour at Northern Vineyards Winery, all located in Stillwater. Transportation to/from Stillwater is not included in the prize and will be the responsibility of the winner.

See the attached PDF for complete Official Rules.

Of course, we encourage you to share the link with your friends and family and brag about your great photo. Tell Patch and community members something awesome about your photograph in comments section below.

heather aldrich August 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I like #7!
Susan Estill August 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM
tough choice. #1
Melanie Herberg August 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
#1 - all kids (big and small) can relate
Sally Thompson August 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
#5 has my vote!
Stafford Christensen August 10, 2012 at 03:33 PM
All of the photos are great but #7 is definitely my favorite; it has the most interesting coloring and imagery.
Linda August 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I like #7.
Katy Strenge August 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM
#5! Awesome pic!
Dave G. August 10, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Purely for subject matter, I'm going to go with #2. Also, my kids would be thrilled if a photo of them won a contest. I'd also like to say thanks to the kind comments on my photo (which I actually think is very mediocre from a photography standpoint). I appreciate the nice words!
greta Anderson August 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I like number 3
Mary Closner August 10, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Number 1 says it all for me. Who doesn't love a Slip&Slide?!
AmberG August 10, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I vote for #7. The color and movement inspires me. #1 and #4 tie for second. All of them could be in a travel brochure. Great shots everyone!
Mom in Oakdale August 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
#1 and #2 are both awesome with the excitement in both of their eyes - but I vote for #3 as it shows fishing, boating, the lake - a perfect summer vacation!
Joan August 11, 2012 at 01:08 AM
#5. Quiet & serene.
Ken Perry August 11, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Picture #3 of the boy fishing on the dock at sunset is the best. Nothing like a young kid enjoying fishing in Minnesota.
Susan August 11, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I think there are six that I think are fantastic, but my favorite of a 'summer vacation photo' has to be #2. It's not the best quality, but it is a splendid depiction of a happy child on a dock with a fish....is this Minnesota, or what?
Susan August 11, 2012 at 01:53 AM
For this IMHO, the quality is not what's important...the happy kid on a dock holding a big fish...fabulous!
Melissa Machart Arndt August 11, 2012 at 03:41 AM
#5.... who wouldn't want to sit in that picture and just relax?...breathtaking!
Karen Adams August 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
#3 the perfect minnesota summer vacation.
Kirby Puckett August 11, 2012 at 01:20 PM
#5
Nancy August 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM
#6-Beautiful shot of the same place I spent my vacation...in MN at various state parks and waterfalls!!
Brock Alexander Locker August 12, 2012 at 04:38 PM
#6! Pretty awesome shot!
mamie August 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
#5
Jen Adams August 12, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Number 5
Laurie August 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM
#5....breath taking
ACE August 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM
#6
Daryl silva August 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
#5 wow sweet picture!!!!
NRB August 13, 2012 at 01:27 AM
#6
Jacob Locker August 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
#6!
amy August 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Beautiful #5
Vonnie August 31, 2012 at 04:04 AM
#'s 2 & 4 are both great shots, but I'll go with 4 as being more aesthetic.

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