Congratulations to winners from SDPB’s first LANDSCAPES OF SOUTH DAKOTA Photo Contest. Judges awarded top prizes in four categories: Home, Work, Connections and South Dakota. All photos were taken on August 19. See the entire gallery at SDPB.org/Landscapes…and vote for People’s Choice thru Sunday, Sept. 14.
These are the top three photos for the SOUTH DAKOTA category.
1st: Starry Night by Christian Begeman, Sioux Falls
“A clear night sky with the Milky Way, a prairie windmill and a shooting star. It doesn’t get a much more South Dakota than that! Taken west of Watertown in the Long Lake area.”
2nd: Phoenix Rising by Henry Kraft, Beachwood, OH
At Piedmond, SD, a proud stallion replacing one lost in the October 2013 storm.” [South Dakota was battered by a strong winter storm in October, 2013 which saw thousands of head of livestock and other animals lost, as well as unharvested crops and other damage.]
3rd: Badlands Rainbow Panorama by Adam Freese, Mitchell
“After visiting family in the Black Hills, I took the day to return home to Mitchell photographing the beauty of South Dakota along the way - through the Black Hills, The Badlands, and finally my home in Mitchell. This photo is of the beautiful rainbow of colors in a Badlands panorama.”
Special thank you to Harold’s Photo Experts for sponsoring the photo contest, and to the South Dakota Department of Tourism for sponsoring our Landscapes of South Dakota project.