The winner, Valerie Parson of St. John, received a $500 Visa gift card. Two runners-up, Taytum Bultema of Crown Point and Dana Garvin of Indianapolis, were also selected and each received $100 toward custom framing at Lake Street Gallery, located in the Miller Beach section of Gary.
Photographs submitted to the contest have the opportunity of being featured on the South Shore CVA's website or in other promotional materials. Last year's winning photograph, submitted by Scott Keithley of Valdosta, Georgia, is featured on the cover of the 2013-2014 visitors' map.
The contest, which ran through the summer, asked for candid photographs of people enjoying summer activities such as the beach, festivals, parks or the water park. Photographs were judged by Sandra Mendez, a photography instructor in the Chicago region.