Sometimes the carry is the crux. That’s why KEEN and Canoe and Kayak magazine are teaming up for the first annual Portage Photo Contest. Did a log ruin your rapid? Does a sieve make that cataract really suck? Or maybe you just had to carry your canoe between lakes? Send us your best photos featuring the hardest portages on the planet – from the Boundary Waters to the High Sierra – and a description of the epic. Or maybe just portage photos that feature something funny or outlandish with a tale you think is worth telling for the pure joy of being out there. We’ll line all the pics up in a bracket (think March Madness) and readers will have a chance to vote on their favorite photo. The top three photos at the end of the tournament will receive free KEEN water shoes and a free subscription to Canoe and Kayak magazine plus the winner gets $100 towards the next shuttle. Please email your photo and a short 100-word essay describing the portage to by August 1, 2010.