Top 20 of 2020: our local Instagram photographer all-stars

The top 20 posts from our Instagram by local Kawartha photographers in 2020

A video of a moose crossing a highway in Algonquin Park by Jesse Villemaire and Susan Brown of Follow Me North Photography was our top post on Instagram in 2020. (Screenshot of video by @followmenorth / Instagram)
A video of a moose crossing a highway in Algonquin Park by Jesse Villemaire and Susan Brown of Follow Me North Photography was our top post on Instagram in 2020. (Screenshot of video by @followmenorth / Instagram)

As I review our top 20 images for the year, I’m amazed once again that nature and the beauty of the Kawarthas endures.

Our two most popular photographers in 2020 were Kirk Hillsley (four of his his scenic Millbrook pond shots were in our top 20) followed by Mike Quigg (three of his Kasshabog Lake shots were in our top 20). We’re very grateful to all the local and visiting photographers who allow us to share their work on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Cheers to all of us, and we are looking forward to a better year ahead!

Do you want to get on our top photographers list? All you need is an Insta account and to tag us using our hashtag #kawarthanow when posting your photo.

We share photos from across our readership area, which is the five-county area surrounding Peterborough which includes Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, and Hastings (we sneak in the occasional Algonquin Park picture as well, particularly if it’s by a Kawartha photographer).

To see our daily shares of photos, follow us on Instagram @kawarthanow and check out our feed’s highlight reels for recaps of every month.

Without further ado, here are the top 20 from 2020:

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#1. Majestic moose in Algonquin Park by Jesse Villemaire and Susan Brown of Follow Me North Photography @followmenorth

Posted December 20, 2020. 59.6K impressions, 29,234 views, 2,918 likes

Jesse Villemaire and Susan Brown of Follow Me North Photography shot this video of a majestic moose crossing a highway in Algonquin Park. The couple, who live in the Township of Lake of Bays in northeastern Muskoka beside Algonquin Park, provide a wide range of photography services, sell wall art and greeting cards featuring their photography, and offer photography workshops. Find out more at www.followmenorth.com.

 

#2. Bobcaygeon Love by Douglas + Son @douglasandson

Posted April 1, 2020. 42.5K impressions, 1,864 likes

Founded in 2013 by Bill and Sacha Douglas, Douglas + Son is a shop located at 68 Bolton Street in Bobcaygeon that sells vintage goods and clothing, original Douglas + Son apparel, and home and lifestyle products. They produced this print to show their support for the community, which was devastated in March by the deaths of 28 residents of Bobcaygeon’s Pinecest Nursing Home from COVID-19. For more information, about Douglas + Son, visit www.douglasandson.ca.

 

#3. Lakefield backroad in winter by Memtyme @memtyme

Posted December 3, 2020. 39.9K impressions, 1,383 likes

 

#4. Sunset on Millbrook pond by Kirk Hillsley @kirkhillsley

Posted November 28, 2020. 38.3K impressions, 1,344 likes

 

#5. First snow at Kasshabog Lake by Mike Quigg @_evidence_

Posted October 28, 2020. 37.8K impressions, 1,467 likes

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#6. Early morning fog in Buckhorn by Henry Rozema @hjrozemaphotography

Posted November 19, 2020. 37.7 impressions, 1,574 likes

 

#7. Sunrise on Big Bald Lake by Henry Rozema @hjrozemaphotography

Posted November 7, 2020. 37.1 impressions, 1,082 likes

 

#8. Double rainbow over Lower Buckhorn Lake by Memtyme @memtyme

Posted November 16, 2020. 36.2K impressions, 1,188 likes

 

#9. Solo ice breaker on Coon Lake by Barry Killen @theburleighridge_beareh

Posted December 6, 2020. 35.2 impressions, 1,263 likes

 

#10. Sunrise on Millbrook pond by Kirk Hillsley by @kirkhillsley

Posted October 29, 2020. 34.3K impressions, 1,497 likes

 

#11. Snow-covered Silver Bean Cafe in Peterborough by Anna K @ania_kisiala

Posted November 23, 2020. 30.6K impressions, 1,130 likes

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#12. Winter wonderland at Pigeon Lake by Milena Chorbadzhiyska @mishu1978

Posted December 5, 2020. 30K impressions, 891 likes

 

#13. Driftwood snow sculptures on Kasshabog Lake by Mike Quigg @_evidence_

Posted December 1, 2020. 29.8K impressions, 902 likes

 

#14. December canoeing on Coon Lake by Barry Killen @theburleighridge_beareh

Posted December 2, 2020. 29.9K impressions, 923 likes

 

#15. Killer kayaker by Jesse Villemaire and Susan Brown of Follow Me North Photography @followmenorth

Posted October 26, 2020. 27.8K impressions, 953 likes

Our 2019 share of this Halloween-themed photo, originally posted by Follow Me North Photography in 2019, was one of our top posts last year and our re-share in October made the cut again (no pun intended) in 2020.

 

#16. Let there be light at Trent University by Gabs @gabriellemari_

Posted December 4, 2020. 26.6K impressions, 846 likes

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#17. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park by Joe Yusiw @kawartha_joe

Posted November 2, 2020. 22.7K impressions, 882 likes

 

#18. Sunset on Millbrook pond by Kirk Hillsley @kirkhillsley

Posted November 12, 2020. 22.6K impressions, 859 likes

 

#19. Fall on Kasshabog Lake by Mike Quigg @_evidence_

Posted September 27, 2020. 21.9 impressions, 902 likes

 

#20. Snowy sunrise on Millbrook pond by Kirk Hillsley @kirkhillsley

Posted November 24, 2020. 21.7K impressions, 793 likes

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