Picture the Cathedral, we challenged, and boy did you!

January 22, 2010

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Head down Selby Avenue toward downtown St. Paul and the dome dominates your windshield.

Come from the east side as Tedesco turns into LaFayette and its magnificent architecture hovers over the businesses and factories of busy St. Paul like a watchful guardian angel.

Take I-494 from Woodbury toward MSP and as soon as you approach the Dakota Bridge over the Mississippi one man-made creation grabs your attention from its seat on the river bluff..

The Cathedral of St. Paul is a landmark that’s visible — and beautiful — from so many places and perspectives, we thought we’d invite folks to grab their cameras and capture that beauty for otehrs to appreciate. The Catholic Spirit’s “Picture the Cathedral” photo contest drew more than 260 entries, and dozens of them are just excellent. The Catholic Spirit staff photographers and editors who formed the judging crew were finally able to agree that two shots stood out above the many  great ones:

Jason Novotny's dramatic image of the Cathedral at night won one of the two top prizes in The Catholic Spirit's "Picture the Cathedral" photo contest, sponsored by West Photo.

Jason Novotny's dramatic image of the Cathedral at night won one of the two top prizes in The Catholic Spirit's "Picture the Cathedral" photo contest, sponsored by West Photo.

Liam Flahive captured the Cathedral facade at dusk to earn the other top prize.

Liam Flahive captured the Cathedral facade at dusk to earn the other top prize.

What the entries showed, to my delight, were the many places and angles from which people see our cathedral — and to my way of thinking the many different ways that copper dome and its exquisitely designed walls remind people of our Creator, raise our sights above the ordinary, and bring artistic beauty into life daily — no matter where you might see it.

Robert Schwartz grabbed this shot one afternoon from the State Capitol.

Robert Schwartz grabbed this shot one afternoon from the State Capitol.

Raymond Tuchner found this artsy rainy day reflection.

Raymond Tuchner found this artsy rainy day reflection.

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About Bob Zyskowski

Bob is the Client Products Manager for the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. A 42-year veteran of the Catholic Press, he is the former Associate Publisher of The Catholic Spirit. You can follow him on twitter or email him at zyskowskir@archspm.org.

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  • maxarama

    Love those photos!