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Introducing the 2017 Aquatennial Ambassador Candidates & Official Photography Partner

The AAO is proud to introduce the 53 ambassador candidates for the 2018 Aquatennial Ambassador Crew. View candidates >

Aquatennial Ambassador Candidates

Photos of the 53 candidates were captured by the Andrew Sonnek of AFSonnek Photography, Partner and Official Photographer of the AAO. Sonnek lives in Minneapolis and started as a landscape and cityscape photographer, "showing off every day places’ understated beauty," states Andrew on his website. Also capturing our Ambassador Crew's official photos, Andrew will be joining them throughout the week of Aquatennial.

AFSonnek Photography

The ambassador candidates will represent their communities during the Minneapolis Aquatennial festival while participating in a candidate program designed to provide personal and professional development opportunities, as well as many once-in-a-lifetime Aquatennial experiences. Candidates will be judged on a variety of elements including poise, professionalism public speaking ability, and current and future goals.

At the conclusion of the candidate program, three of the candidates will be selected to represent the Minneapolis Aquatennial for one year at appearances throughout North America as the Queen of the Lakes and Aquatennial Princesses.

Communities are encouraged to attend to the following public events to support their candidate during the Minneapolis Aquatennial. More information & Tickets >

Candidate Community Luncheon Tuesday, July 18 Millennium Minneapolis

Meet the Candidates Wednesday, July 19 Minneapolis City Center

Rockin' the Waves featuring DJ Andrew Larson of Resonance Sound & Lighting Friday, July 21 Millennium Minneapolis

Aquatennial Ambassador Coronation presented by SPIRE Credit Union Saturday, July 22 Ted Mann Concert Hall

For more information including how you can support your community's candidate during the Aquatennial, please visit the Candidate Program webpage >


Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization

The Minneapolis Aquatennial Ambassador Organization (AAO) is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota nonprofit.​ Our Mission is to inspire young women to achieve extraordinary futures by providing professional development opportunities through networking and mentoring.

To learn more about the AAO, please visit

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