UPEC’s Annual Photo Contest


Thanks to everyone who entered the 2020 UPEC Photo Contest. We’re delighted to share the winning images on this page.


The 2021 contest will be announced in next summer’s UPEC newsletter.  Read on for general information about the contest.

Most of the photos you see on this website are entries from previous photo contests.

Each year, UPEC invites you to help us recognize and share the beauty of our landscape and its inhabitants through you photos. Send us your best shots representing the beautiful U.P., including photos you may have on file from any season of the year. (You can be from anywhere, but your photos must be of the Upper Peninsula.)

There are four categories of entries, with one submission per category per person.  Each category has latitude open to the photographer’s interpretation.


  1. Nature panoramas, wildlife, and landscapes (category designation: NP)

  2. Humans engaged with the natural world (HE)

  3. Close-ups of hidden or overlooked beauty (HB)

  4. Wonderful fluid water (FL)

Winners will be announced in each category in the winter UPEC newsletter, and winning photos will be published there and in later newsletters. They also may be part of an on-line photo gallery and on display at the next Celebrate the UP!

The deadline for entries is November 1 of each year. Instructions will be posted here when the next contest opens.

​2020 UPEC Photo Contest Winners

Out of nearly 100 entries, these were judged to be the “best of the best” in our four categories:

  1. Nature panoramas: “Grand view” by Jeffrey A. Weir

  2. Humans engaged with the natural world: “Rock awe” by Phil Bellfy

  3. Hidden beauty: “Swan song” by Elizabeth J. Bates

  4. Wonderful fluid water: “Autumn swirls” by Joan Haara

Thanks to everyone who entered!  Enjoy!

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