Public Lands & Waters Photo Contest, 2022 Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Public Lands & Waters Photo Contest! You all brought the heat with some amazing photography that gave our judges a tough task in deciding the winners! This year's contest is presented by the leader in outdoor photography and videography gear supply, Bedford Camera & Video.

The Prizes

We would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors First Lite, Fish Pond and Benchmade Knives for this years photo contest prizes!

The Winners

We are excited to showcase the winning photos from the 2023 photo contest!


Judge - Jed Conklin 

Born in the Ohio River town of Owensboro, Kentucky, Jed’s photography has taken him across the country and around the globe. He is currently based in Sun Valley, Idaho with his wife and two children. See his work at


First Place - Josh Suggs - "Homage"

Second Place - Brian Halchak - "Pheasant Hunting"

Third Place - Tori Hulslander - "A Dream Come True"


Judge - Aaron Agosto

Aaron is a freelance photographer out of Bigfork, Montana. Born in Cape Cod, then raised in Pittsburgh, PA he eventually settled down in Montana, where he is easily talked out of almost any responsibility in favor of going fishing. His work has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Big Sky Journal, and Backcountry Journal and he has provided imagery for Patagonia, Yeti, and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, where he also sits on the board of the Montana state chapter as the Flathead Valley leader. More of his work can be seen here.


First Place - John Fallon - "Steelhead Tail"

Second Place - Josh Suggs - "Discovering Paradise"

Third Place - Curtis Jones - "Surveying high water for refuge pockets where rainforest trout winter"


Wildlife & Wild Places

Judge - Candace Dantes

Candace Dantes is a fourth-generation cowgirl and award-winning journalist based in the Georgia Black Belt Region. Raised on her great-grandparents’ cattle farm outside of Milledgeville, Georgia, Candace's family still owns and stewards centennial farmland. Currently, the print-to-digital content creator serves as marketing and communications manager of national not-for-profit organization Outdoor Afro; project manager for U.S. Department of Agriculture research grant Black Farmers' Network; and brand ambassador for Wrangler and Justin Boots to help change the narrative of Black people's contributions to the American West's and American South's storylines.



First Place  - Jordan Lefler - " Evening Glow"

Second Place - John Fallon - " Open Bear Mouth"

Third Place - Jordan Lefler - " An Itch To Scratch"


Backcountry Experiences

Judge - Natalie Krebs

Krebs graduated from Northwestern University in June 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Medill. She's currently living in Arkansas working as Senior Deputy Editor for Outdoor Life.


First Place - Lucas Standifer -"Starting a Fire in the Blue Ridge Mountains"

Second Place - Peter Lawson - "Warm Fires and Warmer Feelings"

Third Place - Daniel Corbett - "Seeking Out Difficult Things in Difficult Places" 


BHA would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone for their participation in this year's photo contest for sharing your stories from our wild public lands and waters with us, and with the judges for donating their time to adjudicating this contest! Not a member of BHA? Join today to become an advocate for public lands, waters and wildlife across North America!

About Travis Bradford

Travis has been in the outdoors since he was young, but its the fish inhabiting North America's waters that hold his attention throughout the year. When not fly fishing, he can be found with his golden retriever Sal and a camera in-hand chasing stories.

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