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Announcing the winners of the Springtime in Kunming photo contest

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On April 15 we invited GoKunming users to submit their best photos of Springtime in Kunming to our dedicated contest page. The competition came to an end at 11:59pm on May 14, and 169 images were entered across three categories — Cityscapes, Nature and People & Culture. After sorting out a few...ahem...voting irregularities, we have our winners.

Following the fun and success of our previous photo contests, well over 1,000 votes were cast, with photographers who shared their works on social media garnering the most support. Throughout the course of the contest, photos featuring flowers were by far the most common, but Siberian gulls made several appearances, as did Green Lake and its charming assortment of characters. All in all, the competition entries did a fantastic job of capturing what life here in the Spring City is all about.

The top vote-getter and overall winner of the Springtime in Kunming photo contest is GoKunming user Kmiller. They will receive a grand prize package including a weekend getaway for two at the luxury SilkTree Hotel in northern Kunming. It is located nearby several nightlife and dining options, as well as close to the Kunming Botanical Garden and Black Dragon Pool. This package also includes breakfast and dinner for both days at the hotel's restaurant. Additionally the grand prize also includes 'old tree' Pu'er tea from Gift From the Forest and a one-month unlimited membership to the Healing Light yoga studio here in Kunming.

The two runners up — users Xpxpme and Cultleo — will also receive Pu'er gift sets and one-month yoga memberships. So, without further ado, here are the top ten photos from the contest, as well as a small gallery of pictures chosen as honorable mentions by the GoKunming editorial board based on framing, color palette, focus, composition, lines and the ephemeral springtime vibe.

Grand prize and Cityscapes category winner

"27th Floor Sunrise" by GoKunming user Kmiller
"27th Floor Sunrise" by GoKunming user Kmiller

Nature category winner

"Larus ridibundus" by GoKunming user Xpxpme
"Larus ridibundus" by GoKunming user Xpxpme

People & Culture category winner

"亭" by GoKunming user Cultleo
"" by GoKunming user Cultleo

Other top ten winners

"Cuihu Park" by GoKunming user Zahaan
"Cuihu Park" by GoKunming user Zahaan
"City Lights" by GoKunming user GeorgeJIANG
"City Lights" by GoKunming user GeorgeJIANG
"rose flowers" by GoKunming user Camille204
"rose flowers" by GoKunming user Camille204
"Time slice photography" by GoKunming user Red Herring
"Time slice photography" by GoKunming user Red Herring
"Field smell" by GoKunming user GeorgeJIANG
"Field smell" by GoKunming user GeorgeJIANG
"Cherry blossom time" by GoKunming user Sum42
"Cherry blossom time" by GoKunming user Sum42
"鱼禅" by Cultleo
"鱼禅" by Cultleo

Editorial honorable mention picks

"Walking into Chaos" by GoKunming user BruceSong
"Walking into Chaos" by GoKunming user BruceSong
"song of spring" by GoKunming user Heya_tony
"song of spring" by GoKunming user Heya_tony
"Spring mood" by GoKunming user Elvira
"Spring mood" by GoKunming user Elvira
"Did you catch anything?" by GoKunming user Dino S
"Did you catch anything?" by GoKunming user Dino S
"song of spring" by GoKunming user Heya_tony
"song of spring" by GoKunming user Heya_tony

Congratulations to all of the contest winners! And also, thank you to everyone who took the time to upload their photos, vote and share on social media outlets! You all helped show some of the many things that make Kunming such a wonderful place to live. Stay tuned, the next GoKunming photography contest is coming up soon!

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Some REALLY nice photos!

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