Capture Ely Photo Contest

Alya McNeillThe challenge is 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 offers Chamber Buck prizes in four categories: 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.  We will also need to receive a digital copy if print copies are provided.  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.     The photographer can still use photos for personal or professional use.  Above Photo by: Ayla McNeill      

Our 2024 Capture Ely Photo Contest starts on January 1, 2024, and all entries must be received by August 15, 2024, at 5 p.m.  We need ALL categories, seasons, and aspects of Ely.  Are you up to the challenge?  ENTRY FORM

2023 Capture Ely Photo Contest Winners
1st Place Ayla McNeill Ferns
2nd Place Michelle Townsend Northern Comfort
3rd Place Michelle Townsend Sunset Dreams
4th Place Thomas Johnson The Poetry of Nature
1st Place Abby Sirek A Winter Journey
2nd Place Donna Meier Minnesnowta
3rd Place George Sponholtz Skiing to Canada
4th Place Kendra Kauppi Mesabi Ride - Ely Water Tower
1st Place Emily Majerle Blueberry Fest 2
2nd Place Ayla McNeill Shopping
3rd Place Abby Sirel Ice Scream Ely
4th Place Abby Sirek Blueberry Collins
1st Place Amy Jo Marty On the Dock
2nd Place Daniel Raza Leah
3rd Place Emily Majerle Friends
4th Place Marcia Kauppi Roasting Marshmallows