Hunt down your photos contest taking entries
The Echo Press is sponsoring the annual "Hunt Down Your Photos" contest again this year.
Hunting and angling themed photos are welcome. Prizes will be awarded as follows: first place, Costa sunglasses ($149 value) from Alex Vision Source; second place, $50 gift certificate to Alexandria Vet Clinic; third place, Yeti cup from Ace Hardware; fourth place, $25 Elden's Fresh Foods gift card.
Send us a photograph, along with information about the subject, including the name of the photographer, those in the photo, where they are from, the location and when the event occured. The photo may become ineligible if any of this information is missing.
Deadline to submit photos is Nov. 30.
Winners will be selected based on sharpness, lighting, setting and overall impact. Winning images will be printed in the Echo Press and the 2019 Lakes Area Outdoors.
More than 20 photos were submitted during last year's contest. Here's a look at the top-four prize winners from 2017.
Alexandria's Jim Larson captured a shot of his son, Cal, and grandson, Henry, coming into the shore with their German wirehaired pointer, Murphy, after setting decoys on the opening weekend of the Minnesota waterfowl season near Donnally.
It was Henry's first hunt, and it proved to be a good one as the group came home with their limit that morning.
"It varies out there," Jim said of their hunts on the property. "The opener is always good. There was one year we took 126 ducks off of this slough. That wasn't this last year. That was a couple to three years past, but it's generally pretty good out there."
Larson came away with a pair of Ray Ban Sunglasses worth $173 from Alex Vision Source for winning first place in the contest.
Alexandria's Todd Lanners was duck hunting in southwestern Minnesota near St. Leo on the waterfowl opener when he captured a photo of his yellow lab, Trump, scanning the sky in search of any ducks that might be flying over the water.
Lanners won a Yeti Tumbler from Ace Hardware for the second-place entry.
James Vosburgh was duck hunting on the opening weekend of waterfowl season in Minnesota when he captured a photo of his decoys as the sun came over the horizon on Stoney Lake near Alexandria.
Vosburgh won a $25 gift certificate from Elden's Fresh Foods for taking third place.
Taking one's first deer as a hunter is always memorable, and Jim Krueger captured a photo of Carmen Krueger after she took a buck on the opening weekend of the Minnesota firearms season in 2017.
Krueger was hunting on her grandparents' farm near Blackduck, and the photo won Jim a $25 gift certificate to the Douglas County Animal Hospital in Alexandria.