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A graphic advertising the 2019 Southwest Metro Photo Contest.

It's that time of year again: The Southwest Metro photo contest has returned for its 8th year of beautiful photos of our community.

To Deb Zeller, photography evokes emotional resonance with an intimate past. “My late mother was an avid hobbyist photographer,” Zeller says.

In today’s techno age, it seems that what we say to one another is dwarfed by how we communicate. Is it with the just-released incarnation of the latest cell phone? Do you say it with 140 characters or less? Or do uploaded videos and photos do all the telling?

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On a November 2016 afternoon, Lori Dozier and her two daughters ventured out to their front yard for some fun in the snow. It was there Dozier snapped a shot of her wide-eyed daughter looking straight into the lens of her Nikon D750 Camera.

It was in March of 2015 when Thor Hansen noticed a rafter, or group of turkeys, congregating in his backyard. It wasn’t the first time Hansen saw the turkeys, as they frequently visited his Eden Prairie home. “They were displaying their feathers especially that day,” Hansen says.

A lemonade stand appears each Sept. 11 at the end of Sue Donkersgoed’s driveway in the Olympic Hills neighborhood of Eden Prairie. Many of the faces of those selling the lemonade beside Donkersgoed have changed, but the promise made years ago to annually remember those affected by the Sept.

Every year, Southwest Metro Magazine accepts photography submissions from the community for the annual Southwest Metro photo contest. The photos are submitted in five categories: Activities & Events; People & Families; Pets; Wildlife & Nature; and City Landmarks.

It’s a tradition that every Halloween Christine Neff Kojetin takes pictures of her two children, Alexandra and Andrew, in their costumes. She organizes a photo shoot prior to Halloween night in order to guarantee good weather, among other reasons.

At Wings of the North, visitors encounter quite a few planes that have a story to tell, but even more people with their own narratives to share.

This month, thoughts turn to ghosts and goblins. Ghostly decorations appear in neighborhood trees and school windows, but ghost towns are among us all year.

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Saturday, September 7
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Friday, December 20 to Sunday, December 22
[Arts & Performance]
The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Ashley Ballet Arts Academy