Christina Martinson’s stunning picture of a footbridge across the Pensaukee River was among the pictures selected for the 2018 calendar published by Discover Wisconsin.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “I never would have imagined.”

The picture, taken in February 2016, depicts a snow-laden landscape with the bridge backlit by the glow of the approaching sunset.

But the shot almost didn’t happen.

Martinson was on the river, riding her four-wheeler along with her husband Luke, who was on a snowmobile. She spotted the picture as they approached bridge, near the now Patriot Golf Course, with the scene bursting of color.

She went to take the picture… and nothing happened.

“The sunset was really pretty, but the card itself was corrupted,” she explained. “I flew back to the house.”

Fortunately, the couple lives along the river not far away. She was back within five minutes, and captured a somewhat more muted photo.

“It would have been a lot more colorful,” she said.

Martinson said she entered the contest by chance as well. She was looking at photos from around the state on the Discover Wisconsin website, and saw a note about the contest. The deadline was that day.

She submitted three or four photos from different seasons.

“I didn’t think I would win,” she said. “There’s so many entries and so many good ones.”

The Abrams resident’s picture was used for February in the calendar.

Though she’s shot pictures for years, this was her first time entering a contest.

“I share a lot of photos on my Facebook page,” said Martinson, 33, who works at a dialysis clinic in Green Bay.

Martinson used a Canon Power Shot SX40HS, which she actually no longer has, thanks to her desire to get a great photo.

“I was on the ice and I was trying to get a shot of the ice breakup,” she said. “I thought it was thicker than it was.”

The large chunk of ice she was on tipped, and her leg was caught. Fortunately, Luke was there and pulled her out, but her camera slid off her shoulder and into the water.

Since then, she’s been using a small Canon camera or even her phone.

“I’m still looking for a new camera,” she said.

The other photos in the calendar were taken in Ozaukee, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Kenosha, La Crosse, Polk, Iowa, Dane, Sauk, Door, and Pierce counties. One picture was used for the cover and will also be on the cover of a 2018 issue of Wisconsin Counties magazine. The photo contest is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and distributed in partnership with Sargento, a longstanding sponsor of Discover Wisconsin TV.

The calendars are available at shop.discoverwisconsin.com for $5 plus $2 shipping and handling.