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Voting has come and gone for the 2015 Best of the Southwest Metro.

Early one January morning, Lisa Tomassen was marveling at the freshly fallen snow on the trees in her backyard. As she looked out the porch window of her home in Eden Prairie, a male and female cardinal began flying around, just a couple of feet in front of her.

Growing up, Chaska resident Jan Dunlap never liked dogs. In fact, she was afraid of them for most of her life. So, if someone had told her five years ago that there was a rescue dog in her future, she wouldn’t have believed it.

The key to getting a great shot is all about timing. That’s why Eden Prairie native Chris Becklund, now a college student, often has his camera with him, for whenever that moment arises.

Shutterbugs, our 2014 Southwest Metro photo contest has come to a close, and we thank our faithful readers for their gorgeous photo submissions and their online votes for the readers’ choice award.

The contest includes two different awards:

We started a long good-bye to summer on August 6–10 at the Carver County Fair in Waconia.

Here's our handy guide to our Best of 2015 readers' choice surveys. Feel free to contact us with any further questions.

Why do I have to vote in so many categories?

Thanks to all who voted for the 2015 Best of the Southwest Metro! Tickets for our awards event go on sale December 10.

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