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28th Annual Lake Country Journal Photo Contest – 2024

2024 Contest Rules

SUBMISSIONS DUE: October 31, 2024

All entries must be received by 11:59 PM, Thursday, October 31, 2024.


Grand Prize: $500

First Place: $200

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $100

10 Finalists: $50 each


Who May Enter:
AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS OF ANY AGE—except for employees of LAKE COUNTRY JOURNAL or RANGE Inc., Range Printing, their immediate families, professional photographers (people who earn 50% or more of their income from photography), and regular photographic contributors to LCJ.

What to Enter:

  1. All photographs must be taken in Minnesota and reflect Lake Country’s nature & lifestyle to qualify.

  2. Photos must be taken by the entrant. Photos that have been previously published elsewhere are not eligible.

  3. Cropped photos are eligible. We do not accept digitally altered photos. Adjustments to enhance the quality of a photograph are acceptable, such as exposure, brightness, contrast, etc.

  4. LCJ reserves the right to disqualify photos deemed unacceptable.

  5. All photos submitted become the property of Lake Country Journal. Your submitted image may be used for publishing or marketing purposes, such as future issues of Lake Country Journal or in marketing materials and products. Photo credits will be given appropriately.

  6. Printed (paper) photographs will not be accepted. Digital entries only please.


How to Enter:

  1. To submit photograph click the button above. (Enter from

  2. Submissions are limited to five (5) entries per person and must be submitted one at a time. All submissions are final, no photo exchanging allowed.

  3. Photographs must be in JPEG format (.jpg). For print reproduction, image should be 300 pixels per inch at 100% size. If possible please save your image to be less than 2MB in size (after compression). You may also note if you have a high resolution image available.



  1. The LCJ staff will conduct the judging.

  2. There will be one Grand Prize, First Place, Second Place, and Third Place winner. Ten finalists will also be chosen.

  3. Winning photos will be published in the February/March 2024 issue of LCJ. Winning photos will also appear on our website.

Join the fun with our 


You could win a free Lake Country Journal subscription. To enter the contest, look for the cow hidden on a page in the June/July 2024 issue. 

Winners will be published in the October/November 2024 issue.

Thanks for entering. Good luck!

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