Photo Contest Winner: Dancing on the Beach, by Jason Lehman

A father's photography habit proves worthwhile.
This photo won third place in the People and Families category of our 2012 photo contest. Enter your photos for the 2013 contest through August 31.

Seven years ago, Jason Lehman became a father. What he didn’t know is that his newborn daughter was not only a beautiful new addition to his family, but that she would spark Lehman’s interest in photography– a hobby that would allow him to capture his family’s intimate moments and also get recognized for his talents. Six years after the birth of his daughter, Lehman received third-place honors in the People and Families category of Southwest Metro Magazine’s 2012 photo contest. The candid photo, aptly named Dancing on the Beach, is of his now seven-year-old daughter, playing barefoot on the sandy shore of Lake Ann in Chanhassen, wearing bright yellow pants and a matching brown and yellow dress, as she swings her hands in the air. “It’s one of my favorite pictures of my daughter that I have taken,” Lehman says. His talents as a photographer have made Lehman the unofficial photographer for family gatherings, where he is now frequently asked to shoot photos. “It’s fun to take pictures of my family and say I took those pictures, and it wasn’t some other photographer,” he says.Enter your photos for the 2013 Southwest Metro photo contest through August 31. Then come back and cast your ballots in our Readers' Choice voting September 10—30.