Photo Contest

Backyard adventures

Many of us in Vermont and throughout New England are lucky enough to simply head out our backdoor's for a winter adventure. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been rediscovering the natural gifts in our neighborhood and woods. With the spirit of backyard adventures in mind, MRVBC asked adventurers to share their backyard adventures with submissions to our photo contest.

Here are the 2021 Photo Contest winners...

1st Place - Nora McDonough

$100 Gift Card to Outdoor Gear Exchange

2nd Place - Rebecca LaFaver

$50 Gift Card to Clearwater Sports

3rd Place - Holly Miller

$25 Gift Card to Lawson's Finest Liquids

Honorable Mention - Holly Miller


Honorable Mention - Katrina Howe


Honorable Mention - Katrina Howe


Honorable Mention - Nora McDonough


Honorable Mention - Todd Shapera



Any photo taken by you during a winter recreational outing (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing) that you embarked upon from your backdoor (or front), leaving the car in the driveway. Photos don't need to be taken in the Mad River Valley, but must be a "backyard" in New England. MRVBC membership is not required to enter. MRVBC Board members and Advisory Committee Members (including their immediate family) do not qualify for this contest.


1st Prize $100 Gift Certificate to Onion River Outdoors

2nd Prize $50 Gift Certificate to Clearwater Sports

3rd Prize $25 Gift Certificate to Lawson’s Finest Liquids

Honorable mentions – MRVBC hat


The MRVBC Board of Directors will select the top ten (10) photos and a blind jury will choose the winners and honorable mentions.

Note: By entering the contest you are giving the Mad River Valley Backcountry Coalition (MRVBC) and Catamount Trail Association (CTA) permission to use the photos for publicity and promotion. Use of photos will be credited and you retain all other rights to your photos.