Twin Cities Gateway Offers $1,000 in Photo Contest Prizes

Blaine, MN – Twin Cities Gateway, the regional visitors bureau representing nine communities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, announces its 2015 Photo Contest. The contest provides an opportunity for photographers to submit entries in eight different categories featuring the sights, things to do, and seasonal activities occurring throughout the year in the destination area.

“The photo contest will highlight our nine member cities and the reasons they’re such great places to live, work and play,” said Al Stauffacher, President of Twin Cities Gateway. The photo contest categories include: Winter Scenic, Winter Things to Do; Summer Scenic, Summer Things to Do; Fall Scenic, Fall Things to Do; Outdoor Recreation; and City & Corporate Sights.

The grand prize winner will receive two nights lodging at a Twin Cities Gateway hotel and a $250 Visa Gift Card. First place winners in each of the eight categories will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card.

According to Steve Markuson, director of Twin Cities Gateway, “The photo contest is a great way to showcase the unique experiences, attractions, and other assets our communities provide, as well as to point out some of the hidden gems that many visitors to the area may not be aware of.”

Photographers may submit multiple entries to the photo contest. Official photo contest rules and more information may be found on the Twin Cities Gateway website All photos must be received by the March 31, 2015 deadline in order to be eligible for the contest.

Twin Cities Gateway is a non-profit organization representing the member cities of Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton, and Shoreview. The organization’s primary objective is to increase visitation into and throughout the region and to stimulate tourism and visitor related economic impacts.