Winners of the 2020 Photo Contest


Photographers are drawn to the Boundary Waters for obvious reasons. And it’s more than just the raw, natural beauty of the place. A trip to these pristine lakes and forests captures something is loaded with human moments; memories and experiences that happen no where else.

This year, we received hundreds of submissions to our annual photo contest. Looking through these photographs was a real treat, but judging wasn’t easy! There were a few contentious arguments and some hard decisions, but we’re happy to present the eight winners of our photo contest.


People around a campfire

Brian Henry captured this perfect campfire scene.


Loon feeding fish to a chick in the BWCA

Chuck Dayton’s family of loons might be the “Father of the Year” shot.


Canoe by a rock on a misty morning in the BWCA

This photo by Jenny Salita (@j_saal) pretty much says everything you need to know about why we love the Boundary Waters.


A parent and child drilling on a frozen lake with an ice auger in the BWCAW

Jessica Jay won with what may be the most Minnesotan picture ever: Hockey, ice fishing, BWCA — surely Prince or the Replacements are playing in the background.


A canoe drifting through the mist

A huge thanks to Jessica Shaheen for capturing this a perfect moment. That light tumbling from the clouds is simply iconic.


Two dogs perched on a portage pack in a canoe, with cute little doggy lifejackets on.

Joe Lee is on trail with these adventure boys.


A kid lifting a blue bear barrel

Karen Monson’s pic of Anna got some well deserved laughs. Within 10 years, she’ll be crushing portages with that barrel on her back and an 18-foot Grumman on her shoulders.


Drooling baby sitting on a chair by the lake in the BWCA

Rachel Shaheen (@shaheenrk) too this beautiful little guy, Zayn, on his first Boundary Waters trip when he was four-months. Start them young!

We hope these photos have inspired you and get you dreaming of future adventures!

In the meantime, for those looking to up their photo game? Check out this blog by renowned photographer Bryan Hansel on the 5 essential things every photographer needs to bring to the Boundary Waters.

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