photo by Rukshan Wijeratne
“Catching Snowflakes” by St. Joseph photographer Rukshan Wijeratne was among five winners of more than 200 submissions in Stearns County’s Winter Wonders photo contest held these past few months. A panel of five judges chose the winning photos based on creativity, originality, photo content and the photos’ relevance to the “Winter Wonders” theme. The only requirement was the photo had to be taken in Stearns County. Each winner received a Scheel’s gift card and will be featured in the photo montage on the county’s website. A display with all the photos that were submitted will be in the Stearns County Administration Center rotunda, and at the end of this month the display will move to the Stearns County Service Center. In addition, all pictures are in the county’s website photo gallery and on the county’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr and Google. Photos may also be used in future brochures, newsletters and flyers.