Best Images from the Big Wild, Big Water Photo Contest
This past September, The Big Wild – an MEC and CPAWS initiative ― launched Big Wild, Big Water. This water-based photo contest asked Canadians to submit their photos of Canada’s oceans, rivers, lakes, and streams. We’re excited to finally share the winning images.
We received more than 1,600 photos from across the country, and each image was uploaded and placed on a map of Canada based on where it was taken. The end result is a water map of Canada with photos from as far north as Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, all the way down to Point Pelee in the southernmost part of Canada.
All 1,600 photos are inspiring, and are reminders of how beautiful Canada’s bodies of water are – and how much water we actually have. Each photo that was submitted also counted as one action on behalf of Dare to be Deep, our marine conservation campaign in partnership with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
Participants could upload photos in two categories: scenic water photos and water activity photos. A team of judges selected 10 finalists for each category:
Finalists: Scenic Water Category
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Finalists: Water Activities Category
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Judges then voted for their favourite photo from each category. We’re thrilled to announce the winners!
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Winner: Scenic Water Category
Lake O’Hara with morning light. Photo: Marko Stavric | The Big Wild
Winner: Water Activities Category
Dreamlike riding through the Canyon’s whitewater. Photo: Benjamin Gagnon | The Big Wild
For their first-place photos, Marko won a $500 MEC Gift Card, and Benjamin won an all-expenses paid trip to the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Congrats to our winners, and thank you to everyone who submitted images and helped us create the water map of Canada!