BEATRICE, Neb. – With roughly 2 acres of lawn to care for, Franklin, N.C., resident Kelly Duff spends hours each week maintaining her yard. As the recent winner of the "Beautiful Places" photo contest from Living the Country Life, she is the proud owner of a new Exmark Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn mower.

Duff says the new mower will significantly reduce the time required to maintain her property. She is also planning to have her Exmark dealer, Reeves Hardware of Clayton, Ga., train one of her neighbors on safe mower operation.

The "Beautiful Places" photo contest is an annual online contest hosted by Living the Country Life. Duff’s photo was selected from 128 entries submitted via the publication’s Facebook page. Submissions for the contest ended June 15, 2013, and online voting ended July 5. In the end, it was Duff’s beautiful image of her property looking north from her house that collected enough online votes to earn the win over five other finalists. The six finalists were selected in voting among Living the Country Life staff.

Details of the 2014 "Beautiful Places" contest will be released in the Spring 2014 issue of Living the Country Life, as well as on the publication’s Facebook page.