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Visit Lake County Announces #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest Winners 2021

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

The second installment #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. Continue here to view the 2020 photo contest winners.

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,” “Lake County Event 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 Casey Mclaughlin in Barrington.

By Amy Koutsianelos (her daughter) at Bowen Park in Waukegan.

Two pictures by Kelly Kordys at Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve in Deer Park and Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Highland Park (respectively).

By Karen Chin in Vernon Hills. Chin was the 2020 #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest Family/People Winner.

By Jessica Ceisel at the Wadsworth Canoe Launch along the Des Plaines River.

By Juliet Snyder at Didier Farms in Lincolnshire.

By Gopiganesh Chandra Sekaran at Waukegan Regional Airport’s Northern Illinois Air Show.

By Matt Arauz at Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods.

By Dan Eccles in Round Lake Beach.

By JPK Media of Our Kind Kitchen pumpkin-spice cupcakes in Wauconda.

By Nancy Tonkin at Bowen Park in Waukegan

By Kate Halat at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda

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!

Lake County Event Photography Winner

By Anthony Stoll at Wauconda Cruise Night in Downtown Wauconda.

Other Travel Culture Photo Winner

By Steve Puttrich at Citizens Park in Barrington.

Dining and Libations Imagery Winner

By Ashley Grauer (pictured with her daughter) at Lindy’s Landing Restaurant & Marina in Wauconda.

Family/People Imagery Winner

By Amy Koutsianelos (her daughter) at Bowen Park in Waukegan.

Outdoor Photography Winner


By Erika Hoffmann at Fort Sheridan Beach in Highland Park.


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

Grand Prize Winner

By Chadwick Miller in Hastings Lake Forest Preserve in Lake Villa.


Thank you again to all of the individuals who submitted imagery for the #LetsSnapLakeCounty Photo Contest. For more information about everything going on in the land of lakes, continue here.

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