Join photographers of all ages and abilities to find pollinators on native plants in the Brainerd Lakes Area. 2020 Crow Wing SWCD Photo Contest focus on pollinators and native plants. 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.

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According to MPR News “Gov. Tim Walz made the state bee designation official, when he signed state budget bills into law this week after a contentious legislative session. The designation comes along with a pledge to protect the bee, which in Minnesota is found primarily in and around the Twin Cities. Scientists say regular Minnesotans can help the population recover.


According to Beth Hippert, District Technician “This is a great opportunity for people to discover, explore, and learn about native plants that grow around the Brainerd Lakes Area and photograph the progression of plants and trees from spring to fall.”


Melissa Barrick, District Manager “All the entries will be featured on our Facebook, 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 2020 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 Crow Wing SWCD is currently featuring past photo contest images in our 2017 and 2019 Crow Wing County Plat Books.

EXAMPLES of Native Plants, Grasses, Shrubs and Trees:

Fireweed Flower                             Highbush Cranberry Shrub

Butterfly Weed Flower                   Wild Plum Tree

Little Bluestem Grass                     Juneberry/Serviceberry Shrub

Prairie Smoke Grass                       Nannyberry Shrub

Gray or Showy Goldenrod             Basswood Tree

Sensitive Fern                                  Lead Plant

Wild Geranium                                Purple Prairie Clover Flower

Wild Bergamot Flower                    False Indigo Flower

Prairie Blazing Star Flower              Smooth Blue Aster Flower


  • Feature a plant species that is native to Crow Wing or surrounding counties.

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

  • Labels on each entry with your name, phone #, name of the plant/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 plant.

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

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


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

  • Mail/bring digital photos to: Land Services Building; Crow Wing SWCD, 322 Laurel St. Suite 22. Brainerd, MN 56401.

  • Questions? Call CW SWCD at 218-828-6197.

  • Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2020.


•  1st Place16 x 20 Canvas with photographer name

•  2nd Place11 x 17 Canvas with photographer name

•  3rd Place8 x 10 Canvas with photographer name