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Visit Lake County Announces #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest Winners

The phrase, “take a picture; it’ll last longer,” takes new meaning as you take your impressive imagery of Lake County.

The #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest ran from mid-September to Halloween. By utilizing our third-party gallery aggregator Crowdriff and the #LetsSnapLakeCounty hashtag, we received 300+ submissions.

Your friends at the Lake County Convention and Visitor Bureau were astounded by our visitors’ and residents’ photography talent. We asked you to showcase where you live, work, eat, play and shop and you did not disappoint. The snaps were downright #InstaGood.

Visit Lake County rated your submissions, and in this announcement, and we will reveal the winners of the following six categories: “Grand Prize Winner,” “Outdoor Photos,” “Family/People Imagery,” “Dining/Libations,” “Masked Individual Photography” and “Other Travel Culture (including architecture, downtown areas, photo manipulation, shopping, drone, etc.” Visit Lake County would like to thank the winners and those that took the time to enter a submission. Continue scrolling to see our winners.

Honorable Mention

While we loved all of the snaps you submitted, there were a few more debated at lengths to win one of the categories. Visit Lake County would like to revisit, highlight and commend those shutterbugs that submitted beautiful and inspiring imagery.

By: Richard Angelbeck in Downtown Libertyville

By: John Edmonson at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville.

By: @tashka87 at St. Mary’s of the Lake University/USML in Mundelein

By: @irishvikingdesigns in Third Lake

By: Megan Guerrero in Mundelein

By Deanna Abrams at Rosewood Beach in Highland Park

By: @forestsfortheirfuture at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion

By: Slawek Sepko at Hastings Lake Forest Preserve in Lindenhurst.

By: Wendy Petera at Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve in Grayslake

By: Denise Kainrath in Rosewood Beach in Highland Park

Winners of the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest

Continue scrolling below to view the winners of the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest voted on by the Visit Lake County staff. Great job, shutterbugs, and keep that camera snapping!

Masked Individual Photography Winner

By: Amit Patel of Buffalo Grove at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Pictured: Patel and his family.

Other Travel Culture Winner

By: Megan Guerrero of Mundelein at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. Pictured: Bella.

Dining and Libations Winner

By: Shawn Ford of Antioch at Leno’s Submarine Shop in Waukegan

Family People Imagery Winner

By: Karen Chin. Image captured of a family at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve Beach sunrise in Lake Forest.

Outdoor Photo Winner

By: Meghan Anderson Leverenz of Lindenhurst at McDonald Woods Forest Preserve in Lake Villa. Pictured: Leverenz’s daughter Abby.


And your #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner is…🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

Grand Prize Winner

By: @ShirleyAerial at Ray Lake Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

“The photo was taken at the Ray Lake Forest Preserve in Mundelein off Erhart,” Shirley said. “(The) photo is of My wife and I (was) walking with her parents when they came to visit us from New Mexico. They were impressed with how green and beautiful Lake County was.”


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