Kallis' photo receives honorable mention in governor's contest


October 24, 2022

Suanne Kallis and Governor Doug Burgum stand in front her of her Honorable Mention entry in the Scenery category of the Governor's Photo Contest, Aurora Midnight Train.

Gov. Doug Burgum along with North Dakota Commerce Tourism and Marketing Director Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota Council on the Arts Executive Director Kim Konikow and Director of North Dakota AAA Gene LaDoucer today presented the winning submissions from the 19th annual North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest at the Morton Mandan Public Library on Monday, October 17.

Among the winners was Suanne Kallis of Carrington, who received Honorable Mention in the Scenery category. Her entry was called Aurora Midnight Train. The photo was taken in Valley City.

Launched in 2004, the Governor's Photo Contest encourages North Dakota amateur photographers to submit photos that capture the unique things to see and do in North Dakota.

Photographers submitted photos to one or more of the following categories: Recreation, Road Trips, Badlands Scenery, Beyond the Badlands Scenery and Wildlife. Winning submissions will be published in North Dakota Tourism's promotional materials.

"The Governor's Photo contest winners continue to provide stunning imagery that inspires travel and encourages visitors and residents to experience our vibrant communities," Otte Coleman said. "The road trip category ties directly to our recent marketing efforts and we look forward to using these fresh photos to inspire more trips."

This year the contest had a total of 471 entries from 79 photographers, with a limit of 10 entries per photographer. Since 2004, the annual contest has received more than 17,600 photos.

Prints of the winning images will be on display through the end of the year at the Morton Mandan Public Library and the Mandan Progress Organization's office and will be viewable during the Mandan Holiday Lights on Main event.

You can view all the winning photos at http://www.ndtourism.com/2022-north-dakotagovernors-photo-contestwinners