Capture Ely Photo Contest

Fishing MentorWe are doing the Capture Ely Photo contest in 2023.  Start taking photos now.  We will start accepting entry forms on June 1, 2023.

The challenge is on to capture the essence of Ely through photos.  Grab your camera or phone and snap away to capture the special, unusual, or unique moment.  The Ely Chamber of Commerce is offering Chamber Buck prizes in four different categories, including; Outdoor Recreation, Family Fun, Nature, and Shopping.  First, second, third, and honorable mention Chamber Buck prizes will be awarded in each category as follows; 1st Place $200.00, 2nd place $100.00, 3rd Place $50.00, and honorable mention $25.00.  That's a total of $1500.00 in Chamber Buck prizes.

Photographers can enter more than one photo.  If print copies are provided, we will also need to receive a digital copy.  Email submissions should be sent to  Submissions may be sent to the Ely Chamber of Commerce, 1600 E. Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731, or dropped off at the office.  Again, digital copies of images MUST be included with the submission.  

Photos submitted to the contest may be used on the website, social media posts, or our business and visitor guide.  Photo credit will be provided.  Photos can still be used by the photographer for their own personal or professional use too.

Capture Ely Photo Contest Entry Release Form  All entries must be received by August 20, 2023, at 5 p.m.

Photo by Les Conrad

2022 Capture Ely Photo Contest Winners

Capture Ely Photo Contest  Categories
Photographer & Entry Name Outdoor Recreation Family Fun Nature Shopping
Michelle Townsend - Bridge Play 1     No entries
Lissa Miller - Boy at the Lake 2      
Marcia Kauppi - Berry Good Time 3      
Trisha Paiser - Taking in the Kawishiwi 4      
Lissa Miller - Appreciating Nature   1    
Mary Conklin - Grandchild on Dock   2    
Donna Meier - Refreshingly Ely   3    
Lissa Miller - Walking in the Woods   4    
Chacey Bolden - Wings of Glass      1  
Michelle Townsend - Minnesota's Night Light     2  
Judith Nagel - Group Orchids     3  
Chacey Bolden - Lake of Glass     4  

Many of this year's winners are featured in our 2023 Business & Visitor guide.  Here are the top three photos:

Michele Townsend - Bridge Play

Bridge Play

Lissa Miller - Appreciating Nature

Appreciating Nature

Chacey Bolden - Wings of Glass

Wings of Glass