On the blanket, get set: with the #picknickhoch3 photo competition last year, Münsterland e.V. was looking for photos of the cosiest, most unusual or tastiest picnics in the region. 200 amateur, random and professional photographers answered the call and sent in pictures of their most beautiful picnic situations. The first three winners now received their prizes in Greven.
The picture of the first prize winner Maik Wennemer from Ibbenbüren was taken on the Kleeberg near Brochterbeck in the Tecklenburger Land. "I am very happy that our photo won," said Wennemer at the award ceremony. "The balcony of the Münsterland is practically around the corner from us. Me and my family always take a picnic break there. The photo was taken on a beautiful and balmy summer evening at sunset." In future, the Ibbenbürener will now be able to take relaxing breaks on bike tours - first prize: a bike complete with picnic basket.
Second prize went to Steffen Schulz from Münster. The picnic professional showed that "dining on a blanket" not only works in the countryside, but also in the city: "My wife loves picnics and with our daughter we often take a break in very different places, for example at the Aasee or on the promenade. For the winning photo, we were at the harbour basin and spontaneously had a picnic with selected delicacies from Münsterland." Fittingly, the second prize for the family: a canoe picnic on the water.
Christel Frönd simply went outside the front door in Ostbevern for her picnic photo and made herself comfortable with her family and good food and drink. "We made ourselves comfortable on our favourite spot opposite our house. Picnicking in Münsterland is possible almost anywhere on the doorstep," Christel Frönd told us. The photo won her third prize: a popcorn picnic at a private cinema screening.
The photos were viewed by a jury of four: Markus Kleymann (Netzwerk Burgen und Schlösser im Münsterland), Daniel Höing (Kreis Warendorf), Michael Nölke (food photographer) and Stefanie Meier (Westfälische Nachrichten) selected the best and most atmospheric pictures.
"The diversity and creativity of the submitted photos particularly impressed the jury," explained Klaus Ehling, board member of Münsterland e.V. "They wonderfully capture the high quality of life and the special attitude to life in the Münsterland. With this, we set out to make picnics a trademark of the region." There will be picnics in many places in Münsterland - on land, on water and also at special events such as the Castles and Palaces Day on 16 June, he said. "Whether in the park, by the lake, by the canal or in the middle of the city, whether alone, romantically as a couple or in a group. In Münsterland, everyone will find their own personal favourite place for a relaxing time-out in the open air."