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Itasca Strong Photo Contest

Visit Grand Rapids hosted an Itasca Strong Photo Contest the month of November. We received 766 photos from people across the country!

And The WINNERS Are…


We want to congratulate all of the winners of the #ItascaStrong Photo Contest! Jordan Weis won $500 for his 1st Prize photo called: Sunset Cross Country Skiing. Lon Hodge won $250 for the photo he submitted called Northern Lights. His photo was taken by Bob Conzemius. Bob wanted Lon to have the winnings. Lon trains service dogs and helps veterans in their healing process. And Timarie Ferguson won $100 for her photo called Brothers Enjoying the Sunset on Pokegama Lake.

Because we received 766 photos we decided to select 10 honorable mention winners as well! Here they are:

The Reason We Held The Photo Contest

“Visit Grand Rapids is a proud supporter of Itasca Strong. We support local Itasca Community businesses by, working together, respecting each other, creating opportunities, encouraging to explore nature, and giving back to the community. This photo contest is to showcase the beautiful four seasons we are blessed with here in Itasca Communities.”-Executive Director of Visit Grand Rapids, Megan Christianson

Visit Grand Rapids recognizes that we live in an area that has four very prominent seasons. We have seen what Itasca County looks like through our lens. The Photo Contest gave us an opportunity to see it through residents and guests perspective. Most of the photos we received were taken on a smartphone!

We would love to share your photos. If you share them with us, we will share them on Social media and we will tag you. Please email us at

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