Manitowoc, WI – The Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau (MAVCB) is pleased to announce the winners of the Ninth Annual MAVCB Digital Photo Contest, according to Jason Ring, Executive Director of the MAVCB. Participants entered photos in four categories: Activities-Events-Festivals, Lakeshore-Nautical, Sports & Recreation, and People Having Fun.

Judges viewed photos from every corner of Manitowoc County submitted.

In the category Activities-Events-Festivals the winning photo belongs to Nancian Hall, with the photo Flying High, showing a beautiful shot of Neshotah Beach during Kite Fest. Second place goes to Bill Pohlmann, with Four Story Sendoff, which is a terrific shot of the S.S. Badger and the waterskiing team in the forefront. Third place features a great shot of the Balloon Glow, taken by Ruth Ann Meier.

The next category was Coastline-Nautical, and the top photo went to photographer Michael Henderson, for his photo Manitowoc Lighthouse – Drone, taken of our local Manitowoc lighthouse from up above.  Second place was Bill Pohlmann, with the photo Night at Rawley Point, of the Rawley Point Lighthouse and a wide, starry night sky.  Third place was Harlan Demsien, with a photo of Badger & Bird, featuring an expertly framed shot of the S.S. Badger, Mariner’s Trail eagle sculpture, and the lighthouse in the background.

In the Sports & Recreation category, the first place winner was Relaxation, by Hannah Schweigert, showing a couple relaxing lakeside, with especially artistic finishing touches to the photo.  Second place goes to Bill Pohlmann and his photo, Inland Surf, of a kayaker on a rough and rushing river.  Third place was also won by Bill Pohlmann, with the photo First Cast, taken on a local pier, featuring several fisherman, hoping to catch a bite.

This final category was People Having Fun.  The top photo in this category was by Bill Pohlmann, entitled A Day on the River, featuring a number of kayakers and canoers on a gorgeous day.  Second place was taken by Paul Benfield, entitled Point Beach 3, showing three teens resting with their dog near a trailhead sign. Third place went to Bill Pohlmann as well, for the photo Frosty Trail, showing two snowshoers on a well-traveled, snow-covered trail.

As the official destination marketing organization for Manitowoc County, we are continually looking for colorful illustrations that promote our stunning coastal location. We’re delighted that our ninth annual contest produced so many great photos and we appreciate the participation of all the contestants.