2020 Photo Contest Winners

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today announced the winners of their third annual photo contest. This announcement also marks the beginning of the organization’s fourth annual photo contest only a few weeks after the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway on March 24, 2021.

Each year, to celebrate the start of the Great Lakes navigation season, the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership invites boatnerds and shipping fans alike to submit their favorite photos of Great Lakes freighters, tugboats and barges across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. In 2020, the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership received over 300 entries throughout the submission period, which began 4/1/20 and ended 12/31/20.

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership thanks all 2020 contest participants and invites them to participate in 2021’s third annual photo contest by submitting original photos to greatlakesseaway.org/resources/photo-contest. The contest begins on May 1, 2021 and will end when the St. Lawrence Seaway closes for the 2021 Great Lakes navigation season. Winners will be announced May 1, 2022.

View photos of the first, second and third place winners as well as honorable mentions below. The photos will also be showcased on The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership’s Instagram page. Join the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership in celebrating the 2020 photo contest winners by following @GLSPartnership on Instagram.


1st Place: Andrew Russell

Caption: Kaye E. Barker passing Jefferson Bridge on Rouge River // Prize: $500


2nd Place: Dan Kulik

Caption: Early Morning/Lake Michigan Downbound // Prize: $250


3rd Place: Dan Kulik

Caption: Loading at Cedarville, MI, sunset // Prize: $100


Honorable Mentions