Photos afield

Presenting the winners from Outdoor Canada’s 6th annual photo contest

The past year’s top photos, showing fishing, hunting and outdoor families, plus wildlife and wild places

FISHING: 2nd Place

6Andrew Hall

Photographer: Andrew Hall

Where: McElrea Lake, Ontario

When: Spring 2016

Details: Andrew Hall was up early waiting for his two fishing buddies to come down to the dock when he snapped this photo. “It was eerily peaceful and quiet—not a wisp of wind was present—leaving the lake like a giant slab of glass.” A hard-core angler and hunter, Hall says he always has a camera with him to capture his adventures. “Any day outdoors is a good day.” We couldn’t agree more.

Prize: $250 Pure Fishing Prize Package

FISHING: 3rd Place

1Alistair BrycePhotographer: Alistair Bryce

Where: Ballenas Island, B.C.

When: August 2016

Details: This happy angler, Mark Falvai, had set out early from Schooner Cove Marina in Nanoose Bay with his good friend and sometime local guide Alistair Bryce, shortly before Bryce took the photo. “When the fish in the pic hit, he took me to the backing on my reel,” Falvai says. “Although this trip was only about three hours long, with such a beautiful morning and great fish, it was my favourite trip last year.”

Prize: $100 Pure Fishing Prize Package

HUNTING: 1st Place

1Yuki Sageishi

Photographer: Yuki Sageishi

Where: Nicola Valley, B.C.

When: November 2016

Details: Yuki Sageishi took this excellent photo of her husband, John, returning from his first-ever pheasant hunt, accompanied by Gracie the retriever leading the way. “I went along for the ride to take some photos of John hunting,” Sageishi says. “It was a very windy day and the birds were hiding in the tall bush grass.” Nonetheless, as the photo reveals, the happy hunting duo did not come home empty-handed.

Prize: Zeiss 10x42 Conquest HD Binoculars

HUNTING: 2nd Place

1Mike FastPhotographer: Mike Fast

Where: Gold River, B.C.

When: April 2016

Details: Mike Fast was on a bear-hunting trip with friends on Vancouver Island when they decided to walk a ridge where they’d seen some sign. After a close encounter with a sow and her cubs, they watched the sun go down and headed back to camp. That’s when Fast took this winning shot. “We didn’t get any bears,” he says, “but when you get moments like this out in the wild with your friends, it makes it all worth it.”

Prize: Zeiss 4-12x50 Terra Riflescope

HUNTING: 3rd Place

1Moncia CogswellPhotographer: Monica Cogswell

Where: Lake Couchiching, Ontario

When: November 2016

Details: Monica Cogswell and her husband, Mike, are self-described waterfowl hunting nuts. On the night before opening day last year, in fact, they and two friends slept on the shoreline so they wouldn’t miss a minute. At first, unfortunately, the ducks wouldn’t commit to their decoys. “We had a couple of initial passing shots,” Mike says, “but during a short lull, I decided to adjust the spread.” It worked, and Monica got this great photo to boot.

Prize: Zeiss 8x25 Terra ED Compact Binoculars

FAMILY: 1st Place

4Jennifer MacCallum

Photographer: Jennifer MacCallum

Where: Belmont Lake, Ontario

When: May 2016

Details: Jennifer MacCallum was at husband Tim’s family cottage when she captured this classic shot of her oldest daughter, Catherine, enjoying her first time fishing. The mother of two young girls, MacCallum says she occasionally fishes, but her husband is the hard-core angler and hunter in the family. She says she’s just happy documenting the action with her camera. “I enjoy photographing him with our girls—future anglers and hunters.”

Prize: Alps Outdoorz Deluxe Camping Prize Package

FAMILY: 2nd Place

2Levy Groves

Photographer: Levy Groves

Where: Clear Lake, Alberta

When: February 2016

Details: Levy Groves and his wife, Sarah, were ice fishing with their then 10-month-old son, Lincoln, on Family Day weekend when they propped up the youngster in a portable seat behind an ice hole. “We try to get out as a family as much as possible,” she says. “This was Lincoln’s second ice-fishing trip.” On Instagram, the resulting photo was an instant hit, garnering more than 13,000 likes in just 24 hours. Obviously, we liked it, too.

Prize: Alps Outdoorz Camp Furniture Prize Package

FAMILY: 3rd Place

3LaDon Klywak

Photographer: LaDon Klywak

Where: Lake of the Woods, Ontario

When: October 2016

Details: LaDon Klywak’s 13-year-old son, Kerwin, has been fishing since he was four, but he’d never caught a walleye as small as the one in this photo. “When he brought up the line, he was laughing so hard he could hardly speak,” Klywak says. “Kerwin shouted, ‘Look at this, it’s the size of my minnow!’” He then released the fish with the hope he can catch it another day when it’s bigger. Nice work, Kerwin.

Prize: Alps Outdoorz Outfitters Premium Backpack and Duffle Bag Prize Package


1Brian Miller

Photographer: Brian Miller

Where: Tahsis, B.C.

When: October 2016

Details: Campbell River’s Brian Miller took this shot on his way from work. “In the last light of the evening, I saw this beautiful Roosevelt bull elk and his herd standing in a clearing,” he says. “I quickly pulled over and slowly stalked through the brush to get as close a shot as I could. It’s truly amazing how large these elk are. To see them this close in person is simply amazing.”

Prize: Thermacell Outdoor Comfort Pack


2Dudu Zhou

Photographer: Dudu Zhou

Where: Algonquin Park, Ontario

When: October 2016

Details: Dudu Zhou was in Algonquin Park during Thanksgiving weekend when he captured this beautiful scene. “It’s pretty cold early in the morning,” he says. “The temperature dropped below zero, which caused the mist to cover the lake and frost to coat the grass.” Just before taking the photo, he says he felt the scene needed something extra, and right on cue, four Canada geese flew by to complete the picture.

Prize: Thermacell Heated Insoles Pack


1Kristi Stokker

Photographer: Kristi Stokker

WHERE: Bridgenorth, Ontario

When: June 2016

Details: Kristi Stokker says her boyfriend was going fishing when he spotted this fawn lying at the side of the road. “Knowing my love for photographing wildlife, he called me…and I got my photos,” she says. “Being avid hunters and knowing about white-tailed deer, we knew his mom had probably left him for the day in a safe spot and would come back for him that night when it was safe. Sure enough, she did.”

Prize: Thermacell Mosquito Repellent Pack


As anglers and hunters, we know that just getting to spend time in the outdoors is a reward in itself, regardless of whether we come home with something for the table. If you’ve ever watched the woods awake at daybreak, or cast into a glassy lake at sunset, you know the experience is a big part of the prize. And judging by the strikingly beautiful, provocative, humorous and action-packed scenes this year’s photo contest entrants captured, many of you know the feeling.

It’s a tough job sifting through all the entries each year, given the large volume of great submissions to choose from. In the end, though, these are the top photos that caught our collective eye this time around. Thanks to everyone who entered and for sharing your special outdoor moments.


Special thanks goes to the Outdoor Canada Photo Contest’s generous sponsors for providing the great prizes: Bass Pro Shops, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Zeiss, Alps Outdoorz and Thermacell


aLorne Trousdell

Photographer: Lorne Trousdell

Where: Lac Le Jeune, B.C.

When: June 2016

Details: On the day of this awesome action shot, Mission, B.C.’s Mark Trousdell and his brother, Lorne, had been fishing chironomid patterns all morning with moderate success. After observing some damselflies in the water, however, Mark switched to a damselfly nymph pattern and soon hooked into a nice rainbow. Lorne was in another boat with their father when he clicked the shutter. An avid angler and hunter, Mark says he and his brother have been taking photographs of their outdoor pursuits for three years now. The pair’s photos can be found on Instagram under @Athletes_Hunt. 

PRIZE: $1,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card


5Marcel Cote

Photographer: Marcel Côté

Where: Upsalquitch River, New Brunswick

When: July 2016

Details: Marcel Côté and his long-time angling and hunting buddy Éric Pelletier were fishing for Atlantic salmon without much luck when Côté captured this photo of Pelletier heading back to the boat to find a better fly. “I love to take all kinds of pictures, but mostly wildlife, hunting and fishing,” he says. “I like to show people something that they are not used to seeing—different angles, different subjects and different techniques.”

Prize: $500 Pure Fishing Prize Package

Enter the 7th Annual Outdoor Canada Photo Contest!

Send us your best outdoor photos and you could have your picture published in Outdoor Canada magazine!

Plus, you could win a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card, or one of twelve awesome prize packages from Rapala Canada, Zeiss, Alps Outdoorz, and ThermaCELL!

To enter, simply visit the 7th Annual Outdoor Canada Photo Contest entry page.