PRDBA photo contest winners announced

Winners of the winter-spring Park Rapids Downtown Business Association (PRDBA) photo contest were chosen recently. They are Craig Bihrle and Sharon McKendry of Park Rapids, Dawn Loeffler of Bemidji and James Polnaszek of Andover. Birhle shot his wildlife photo, Swans lifting off, on Potato Lake. McKendry’s photo, Frosty Morning, won in the recreation category. Loeffler shot her Let’s Rock photo at the mural at 2nd Street and Main to win in the Main Street Scenes category. Polnaszek’s winning photo in the Area Lake Scenes category is Sunset on Pickerel Lake.

(Right) Two of the photo contest winners picked up their prints at Studio 176 June 4. Congratulating them was Laura Grisamore (left), a studio owner; print winners Sharon McKendry and Dawn Loeffler; and Bickey Bender, also of Studio 176. (Left) Craig Bihrle with his print of the winning photo in the wildlife category.

Studio 176 sponsors the contest and award a professionally finished, 11-×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 summer-fall 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 Nov. 30, 2023.

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