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Winners of Edmonton’s 2019 photo of the year contest revealed

Heart Aglow by Gina Blank.
Heart Aglow by Gina Blank. Instagram/ @photosbygina.yeg

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson has revealed the winners of the city’s 2019 photo of the year contest.

The contest is now an annual tradition in the city, where the mayor invites citizens to hashtag their best Edmonton pictures on Instagram for consideration.

This year’s theme was “For the love of Edmonton: the people and places of YEG”, with the hashtag #yeg2019pics.

Iveson judges the contest along with local Instagram photography experts @InstagramYEG and @urbanyeg

“As a longtime Edmontonian, I’m very aware how beautiful our city is, but it’s wonderful to see that beauty explored through the eyes of #yeg2019pics,” Iveson said on his blog Monday. 

This year saw eight photos chosen as the best of the bunch:

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Edmonton climate rally by Jeff Woods
Edmonton climate rally by Jeff Woods Instagram / @jeffwoodsphoto
Heart Aglow by Gina Blank
Heart Aglow by Gina Blank Instagram/ @photosbygina.yeg
Kayaking on the N. Sask River by Lauren Wallace
Kayaking on the N. Sask River by Lauren Wallace Instagram / @laurenwallace77
A #YEG historical treasure is pretty in pink! by Monique Langevin-Connell
A #YEG historical treasure is pretty in pink! by Monique Langevin-Connell Instagram / @ayegtraveller
K Daze by Ryan Prasad
K Daze by Ryan Prasad Instagram / @cousin_love_
High Level bridge with lightning by Dan Schykulski
High Level bridge with lightning by Dan Schykulski Instagram / @danschyk
Our gateway into Downtown! Of course it wouldn’t be Edmonton without snow by Ryan Purdy
Our gateway into Downtown! Of course it wouldn’t be Edmonton without snow by Ryan Purdy Instagram/ Ryan Purdy
Lovers at night by Talon Repka
Lovers at night by Talon Repka Instagram / @talonrep

Iveson said that there were hundreds of entries for the 2019 contest, which was open for submissions between Dec. 16 to Dec. 30, 2019.

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READ MORE: Check out YEG 2018 Pics winners: Best Edmonton photos of the year

In 2018, the contest had 12 winners, with four categories instead of an all-encompassing theme: air, earth, fire and water.

This is the third year Iveson has run the contest.

READ MORE: Mayor Iveson launches contest to find best Edmonton photos of 2017

Fantastic photos of Edmonton recognized in contest
Fantastic photos of Edmonton recognized in contest