Winning photos of the Heartland Lakes area – Park Rapids Enterprise

Winners of the summer-fall Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) photo contest have been chosen.

They are Jean Hendrickson of Menahga, Jim Lewandowski of West Fargo and James Ertl and Craig Bihrle, both of Park Rapids.


“Midsummer Fireworks,” taken by Jean Hendrickson at Spirit Lake, won in the area lake scenes category of the PRDBA’s photo contest.

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Hendrickson’s’ photo, “Midsummer Fireworks,” taken during the Menahga Midsummer Festival, won in the area lake scenes category.

Lewandowski shot his wildlife photo at Itasca State Park.


Winner in the wildlife category is Jim Lewandowski’s photo, “Tree Stump Pedestal,” taken at Itasca State Park.

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Ertl’s winning photo in the recreation category is kayaking on Crow Wing River.


James Ertl’s winning photo, “Kayaking on Crow Wing River,” won in the recreation category.

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Winner in the Main Street scenes category is Craig Bihrle with Santa at the tree lighting, taken on Nov. 24.


Craig Bihrle’s photo, “Santa at Tree Lighting,” won in the Main Street scenes category.

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Studio 176 sponsors the contest and will award a professionally finished, 11-by-14-inch fine art print of the winning photograph in each category.

You can view the winning entries as well as all of the photo contest submissions by visiting


and clicking on the “Photo Gallery” link.

Photo submissions are now being accepted for the winter-spring contest. Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to participate. Contest rules, guidelines and the photo entry form are available on the website. The next submission deadline is April 30, 2024.

The contest is intended to capture and celebrate the beauty and unique character of Park Rapids and the surrounding area.

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