Sharing the beauty of the Northland

2019 Co-op Calendar contest

It seems a fair statement that members enjoy receiving the Co-op Calendar each year; either by stopping in at one of the service centers, calling the cooperative office, or requesting one on the Lake Country Power website.

Since 2014 the member-produced photo calendar has impressed the visual senses. And, this year is no exception! The 2019 edition has twelve outstanding winning photographs, and hundreds of worthy submissions were entered in the annual contest which was conducted on Facebook.

Everyone has the tools

With the advent of the smartphone, and subsequent present-day technology, photography is right at the tip of most everyone’s fingers. Great pictures come from hard work, framing, lighting, and a creative eye — which can be achieved whether you use professional equipment or master a smartphone camera.

With that said, add the natural beauty and wildlife of our geography to the equation and Lake Country Power members are sure to witness many opportunities for award-winning moments.

“Northern Minnesota has so many unique landscapes and subjects to capture, and all in one photo. I like how pictures can tell stories all on their own,” says Mary Sorenson of Cloquet, whose wonderful picture of a nesting loon represents the month of June.

Two-time winner

Patty Maki of Gilbert won with two photos: A stately picture of a bald eagle perched in a pine tree for March, and a snow surrounded chickadee featured in December.

“I truly love taking photographs of our beautiful northern Minnesota nature and landscapes,” Maki says. She also says she loves the contest because, “it not only gives me a chance to share some of my photos with our community, but also to view those submitted by others. There are so many gorgeous photos submitted each year!”

Rolling in the New Year

And, it all starts next month with the January 2019 snow-scene photo near Ely from Cindy Carvelli-Yu. She says her motivation lies in preserving a Northwoods experience, and the serenity that embraces it.

“I wanted to enter my picture as nature can be so fleeting. When you see a moment, you need to capture it. That one perfect moment is worth sharing with others, so they too can hopefully not only see the picture but feel it as well.”


*The Co-op Calendar Contest is open to all Lake Country Power members, with some restrictions. Photo entries for the 2020 calendar competition will be announced in early 2019.

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