The 27th Annual Photo Contest Winners


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Grand Prize: Driftwood & Tracks at Sunset, Green, Mich. • John M. Niska, Ontonagon, Mich.

The Winners

Somethings never change – and the quality and delightful variety of images for our annual Lake Superior photo contest are two of those. A third is the nearly impossible task of our judges each year to choose just a few from the hundreds of images reviewed.

Submissions came in this year from 15 states or provinces and two additional foreign countries. It’s obvious from these beautiful, funny and amazingly captured photos that the Big Lake and its environs provide ample joy.

Evoked emotions of tranquility, infinity and awe permeate these winners. Our Grand Prize winner, taken near tiny Green, Michigan, along Highway M-64 midway between Ontonagon and Silver City. successfully expresses the mystical pull of Lake Superior along an inviting shore with a sense of timelessness caught in a moment.

Other images will bring, we hope, “oooo” and “aaaahhh” thoughts about where we live and visit. Still others brought us some playful chuckles to see people and pets interacting with our many attractions.

We can’t wait for the next round. Entries for the 28th annual Lake Superior Photo Contest must be received electronically by October 10, 2022.

Get it in print: Single copies of the Photo Contest issue – featuring the Grand Prize, First Place and Second Place winners plus Honorable Mentions – are available for $7.95 (includes shipping). Finalists are only featured online.


First Place: Cedar Waxwing, Ontonagon County, Mich. • Chris Hendra, Dollar Bay, Mich.

Second Place: At Play on Thunder Bay • Christine Johnston, Thunder Bay

Honorable Mention: Aviation in Duluth • Kenji Ogura, Duluth

Honorable Mention: Mum’s the Word in Duluth • Dan Lee Vander Ark, Duluth

Honorable Mention: Mushroom at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Ontario • Justin VanNingen, Columbia Heights, Minn.    

Honorable Mention: Superior Hiking Trail, Minn. • Laura Howard, Bloomington, Minn.

Honorable Mention: My Yard in Duluth • Jane Kaiser, Duluth


First Place: Split Rock Wave, Minn. • Paul F. Ostrum, Hayward, Wis.

Second Place: The Lake at Dawn in Pictured Rocks, Mich. • Kim Horsburgh & Steve Leach, Grand Marais, Mich.

Honorable Mention: Nokomis Trail Lookout, Ont. • Victoria Loor, Dundas, Ont. 

Honorable Mention: Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota • Lori Warne, Newfolden, Minn. 

Honorable Mention: Full Moon over Brighton Beach, Duluth • Kenji Ogura, Duluth


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