VOTE: Patch's Summer Vacation Photo Contest — Week 3

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 127 submissions in less than three days, Northfield Patch Editor Corey Butler Jr. and Minnesota Associate Regional Editor Kevira Voegele narrowed the field to 10 photos for voting. 

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 like 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 third week. He or she will receive a $25 Caribou Coffee gift card. We'll also kick off the third week of nominations on Monday. There were a lot of great photos the first two weeks, 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.

roberta rankin August 23, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I love #4 the fishing boat and the sunset beautiful
Sandy August 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I’m all for #3. In this day and age you can’t beat undeniable trust and love.
Sue Basill August 23, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Sue Triebenbach August 23, 2012 at 05:23 PM
They are all wonderful! I vote for #3 with the kids on the raft!
Michelle Scheuermann August 23, 2012 at 09:11 PM
toss up between 1 and 3 - but I'm going to go with 3. That was really cool movement
Kris Janisch August 23, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Yeah Michelle, 3 is pretty solid. They're all great though.
Laura Nielsen August 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Lakeville resident August 23, 2012 at 09:26 PM
#9...so cute, but they're all great photos!
Rob Hardy August 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I should probably vote for my own photo, but #3 has me beat for youthful exuberance, so it has my vote. In the original set of 80+ photos there was one of some amazing clouds after a storm. I'm sorry that one didn't make the cut.
Tom August 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM
#4 all the way. Nice night for fishin!
Russ Petricka August 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Karen Gervais August 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Micheal Foley August 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Dude, I don't think you're allowed to vote.... ;-)
Sarah Edwards August 25, 2012 at 04:09 PM
3- love that feeling!
Eric Hjelmgren August 25, 2012 at 06:14 PM
#4 for sure
Paula Gillen Baragary August 26, 2012 at 05:03 AM
I love #3. It shows the good times of summer.
Nancy Betzinger August 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM
omeomi August 26, 2012 at 02:49 PM
#3 - totally unscripted, unposed, the joy of youth!
Michelle Carper August 26, 2012 at 05:09 PM
#4 ~ Love the silhouette!
Deb LaValle August 26, 2012 at 05:53 PM
#4 for me too!
Brainy Smurf August 26, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Craig Cappela August 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Number 4
John Weigel August 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Kerry August 27, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Can we vote for our own?! If so, number 4 :)
K Dempsey August 27, 2012 at 01:01 AM
cls August 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Vonnie August 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I love #3 for all of its joy, but I have to vote for #4 as it is perfectly framed and so breathtaking!


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