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Best Scenic Photographer

If there’s one thing the top three scenic photographers know to be true, it’s that the Chippewa Valley is downright gorgeous. Three-time first-place winner Mike Howard of Chippewa Falls captures the beauty of the Valley with long-exposure shots to create soft, idyllic images of nature. Tina Ecker impresses locals with her evocative and eerie images of graveyards and other locales. (Last fall she worked with Volume One to showcase several spooky spots.) Justin Patchin snaps gorgeous nighttime and sunset shots, preserving the stunning beauty of nature. –Rebecca Mennecke