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Frame it: Winners of Lake Erie Center Photo Contest announced

A total of 142 phenomenal entries were submitted for the 2017 Lake Erie Center Photo Contest.

The contest theme, “The Nature of Our Region, From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay,” invited participants to submit up to three photos featuring various areas of northwest Ohio.

All entries are displayed in the Lake Erie Center lobby.

“The display consists of many fabulous images showcasing the nature of our region, through the eyes of the photographer, for us all to enjoy.” said Rachel Lohner, education program manager for the Lake Erie Center.

First-place winners took home $25. Listed by category, they are:

• Youth (7 to 12 years old) — Annika Padhye;

• Teen (13 to 18 years old) — Dustin Canada; and

• Adult — Dr. Sashi Bhatt, associate professor of anesthesiology.

Lohner said the purpose of the photo contest is to inspire all camera enthusiasts and others to explore more of the nature within the Lake Erie area.

Visit facebook.com/lakeeriecenter to see more photos from the contest.

Dr. Sashi Bhatt won first place in the adult division.

Dustin Canada took top honors in the teen category with this photo of downtown Toledo.

Annika Padhye placed first in the youth category with this shot.