Above, you'll see the first four winners of our City Pages photo contest. Our artsy, talented, and, to this point, outdoorsy readers have come through with stacks of great shots week after week. For their hard work and good luck, they've been rewarded with concert tickets and free restaurant food.
This week, we're giving out something that goes great with either concerts or food. Beer! Our week five winner is getting a bucketful of Summit Brewing Company beers, with a variety of their best brews. This includes the Us & Them IPA and the 30th Anniversary Double IPA, a special, limited-run batch to honor the St. Paul brewery's three decades in business.
In case you need a visual inspiration, the winner's prize pack looks like this:
Mmmmm. It also comes with a neat information pamphlet, which probably gets more fun to read with each Summit you consume. Mmmm. Information pamphlet.
Our prize means this week's winner must be 21 or older. Sorry, teens and 20-year-olds. We'll get you back in the mix next week.
You can submit your photos in any of four ways. Note: We're adding a new method of delivery this week, and it might be the easiest of all. Tag your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #CPphoto, and we'll consider you fully entered. That's it!
Or, go back to a photo you've already taken and posted there, add the #CPphoto hashtag, and we'll include it in our contest. Remember, photos must be taken after January 1 of this year.
Not on Instagram? There are three ways to participate. Either submit your photos to web editor Mike Rietmulder at [email protected], @ us at our @citypages account on Twitter, or send us a direct message on our Facebook page.
Here are the rules and deadlines for you to submit your photos, become internet famous, and win a beer bucket.
1.) Photos must be otherwise unpublished. This doesn't disqualify something that you've already rushed out on Twitter or Instagram. But it does mean that if your photo was already bought by National Geographic, you can't submit the same one for our contest.
2.) Amateurs only, please. We have the utmost respect for people who make a living as professional photographers. That's why we pay them to take pictures for us. This contest is for the average Joes and Janes who take snaps on the side. If we find out you're a ringer, we'll have to disqualify your entry.
3.) Photos should be recent. We know you love that photo you took of Hubert Humphrey catching a loon with his bare hands. We love it too. But you can't dig into the archives to win our game. Photos must be taken during this calendar year – 2016, if you have suffered a recent head injury – in order to quailfy.
4.) You can submit up to five photos. Some of you sheepishly asked if you could submit more than one photo. Of course you can! Others of you just boldly submitted 25 photos at a time. Please don't do that! To help us keep a tight, orderly contest running, please limit yourself to five photos per week.
5.) You may submit the same photo more than once. But we'll get sick of it if you send it four weeks in a row. Get out there and take some more!
6.) Selfies and photos of your pet, baby, or delicious-looking dinner count. But they're going to have to be mighty fine to win the grand prize. Should your pet or baby somehow take a selfie, you are allowed to submit this as your entry, though fairness dictates you should share the prize.
7.) City Pages editors will vote to determine the winner. And we won't play favorites. We have very few friends to begin with, and we're not so sure about them, anyway.
8.) Photos must be submitted by the deadline of 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20. The winner and runners-up will be announced Monday, March 21, and we'll contact the winner directly with details on how to get their beer.