2016 Photo Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2016 photo contest. We had 165 entries showcasing the spectacular landscape, wildlife and plant life protected within Minnesota’s parks, trails and other recreation areas. Below are the photos that received top honors in the judging, although we’d like to acknowledge the many honorable mentions as well.

1st Place

Blue Mounds State Park by Debbie Kippen

Blue Mounds State Park by Debbie Kippen

2nd Place

Boy crossing rocks at the Headwaters

Itasca State Park by Tanya Ryappy

3rd Place

Hiker amidst tall trees on the Superior HIking Trail

Superior Hiking Trail by Andrea Bauer

Honorable Mentions

Purple sky with Split Rock Lighthouse lit up on the cliff

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park by Jelieta Walinski


Itasca State Park by Susan Mayer

Border Route Trail by Stephanie Herington