Animals and nature scenes have consistently scored well in the City Pages photo contest, and that continues in our third week.
Our winner captured a wide-eyed owl in mid-flight. It's a scary sight for a rodent, but for larger fauna, is just spectacular.
Runners-up were also hanging around in the great outdoors, though one entrant was getting around with the aid of a pack of furry friends.
For winning first place, Jeff Grotte gets a $50 gift card to Signature Cafe, located in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, just off the U of M campus. Congratulations, Jeff!
Next week's winner will get a $25 gift card to Foreign Legion, the newly opened downtown pasta-and-pizza joint. Rules and entry information are available below.
First, check out the top three photos we got this week. Keep 'em coming, Minnesota.
Winner: Jeff Grotte, Northern saw-whet owl
Runner-up: Anthony Martinez, waves crash at Split Rock State Park
Runner-up: Michael Perez, Kiwachi dogsledding in Isabella, MN
Now, on to the next week's edition.
Remember, 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.
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 Photos must be otherwise unpublished.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 13. The winner and runners-up will be announced Monday, March 14, and we'll contact the winner directly with details on how to pick up the free concert tickets. <!——–––––EndFragment–––––——>