The winners of the 2016 Cottage Life Photo Contest

Grand prize Photo by Gillene Gauthier

The 2022 Photo Contest is open now. Submit your entries here.

We asked for your best shots. You delivered. From more than 4,000 entries, the winners of our 27th annual photo contest.

“The average person is a much better photographer than they used to be,” says professional photographer Paul Orenstein, one of the judges of this year’s contest. Maybe that’s one reason that the entries—and all the winners—wowed us so much. These top shots have great composition, light, colour, and detail; they tell a story and evoke emotion; they’re creative and original; and they show us aspects of lake, cottage, and cabin life that we’ve never seen before. So, enjoy. (Because we sure did.)

This article was originally published in the Winter 2016 issue of Cottage Life magazine.

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