Join photographers of all ages and abilities to find pollinators on native plants in the Brainerd Lakes Area. 2022 Crow Wing SWCD Photo Contest focus is on pollinators and native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. Try to find Minnesota’s state bee: the Rusty Patched Bumblebee and endangered species that you might be able to see in your own backyard.

Photo: Blue Vervain by Courtney Neifert-1st Place in 2022 Photo Contest

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Melissa Barrick, District Manager “All the entries will be featured on our Facebook, Instagram, website and potentially other educational or promotional items for the SWCD. The first-place winner will receive a 20” x 16” canvas of their photo, as well as their winning photo being in a drawing at our SWCD booth at the 2023 Crow Wing County Fair!  The second-place winner will receive an 11” x 17” canvas of their photo and the third-place winner will receive 8” x 10” canvas of their photo.”  The SWCD featured past photo contest images in our 2017, 2019 and 2021 Crow Wing County Plat Books. 

Examples of Native Flowers, Grasses, Shrubs, and Trees:


  • Anise Hyssop

  • Butterfly Weed

  • Prairie Blazing Star

  • Purple Prairie Clover

  • Smooth Blue Aster

  • Wild Bergamot


  • Big Bluestem

  • Indian Grass

  • June Grass

  • Little Bluestem   

  • Side-oats Grama

  • Switch Grass                          



  • Black Cherry

  • False Indigo

  • Highbush Cranberry

  • Nannyberry

  • Red-osier Dogwood

  • Serviceberry


  • American Wild Plum

  • Jack Pine

  • Red Pine

  • Staghorn Sumac 

  • White Pine 

  • White Spruce                                 


Photos Must:

  • Feature flower, grass, shrub, or tree that is native to Crow Wing or surrounding counties.

  • Original work that is property of the person who submits the photo.

  • Label each entry with your name, phone #, name of the flower/grass/shrub/tree, and what city/town photo was taken.

  • One entry per species, limit of five entries per person.

  • Submit photo by email in digital format, must be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and in .jpg format.

  • Trademarks, commercial names, or advertisements may not appear in the photos.

  • Extra points given for pollinators on a native flower, grass, shrub, or tree.

  • Entry will imply consent to use photos for SWCD educational and promotional activities.

  • Credit will be placed on each photo for all photographers.


How to Participate:

  • E-mail your photos to tasha@cwswcd.org

  • Mail digital photos on a USB Drive to: Crow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel Street, Suite 22, Brainerd, MN 56401

  • Questions?  Call 218-828-619

  • Deadline: October 31, 2022

2022 Photo Contest Entries

2021 Photo Contest Entries
2020 Photo Contest Entries