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Canada’s best photos as we celebrate our 150th birthday

We’re running a year-long photo contest that shows off stunning photography. Here are each month’s winners of the readers’ choice and editor’s choice awards.


 

At 150, Canada merits the best possible photo album, and Maclean’s wants to capture the country in all its cultural and geographic glory. For each month of 2017, we’ll ask readers to submit photos based on a particular theme. We’ll publish the winning photos in our weekly tablet edition, and online every month. At the end of the year, a gallery show will exhibit all the winning work, and we will announce the single best photo of the year. You take the photos, and we’ll provide a national frame!

Here are the winners for each month, as well as a link to all of the finalists.

January: The Beauty of Winter

Capture Canada’s coldest season. A shot of a single drip of an icicle can be as stunning as a panoramic shot of a ski slope, but the scope of this challenge is up to you. Check out the month’s top 10 submissions.

READERS’ CHOICE: Photograph by Erik McRitchie

This was taken at Emerald Lake in BC, Canada in early December. It was a brisk -30c evening out. Pure stillness on the shores of Emerald Lake, unbelievably cold, and exceptionally beautiful.

“This was taken at Emerald Lake in B.C., Canada in early December. It was a brisk -30 C evening out. Pure stillness on the shores of Emerald Lake, unbelievably cold, and exceptionally beautiful.”

EDITOR’S CHOICE: PHOTOGRAPH BY Susan Robertshaw

A short eared owl in Delta, BC.

“The photo was taken at Delta, B.C., on a march near the ocean. I was with some friends who are photographers also and we had a great day…not because of the owls but because it was snowing and it was beautiful…we would wait for the owls to come near us…and take the shot…they were very active that day so it was pretty easy…I love these shots because if the owl stayed still long enough the snow would accumulate on their heads, face and their bodies…it was truly beautiful…I always shoot with a Canon 7d Mark II and a Canon 100-400 lens with a tripod…it is a great walking around set.”

February: Your dearest Canadian

Make someone look good. A grandparent, aunt, boyfriend, neighbour, pet dog—pick someone close to you, and take a portrait that brings out their best. Check out the month’s top 10 submissions.

READERS’ CHOICE: Photograph by Isaac Paul

The image of my dad playing saxophone was taken on a quiet Sunday at the funeral home in what we call the ÒAÓ room. It is our main chapel for funerals that are held at the funeral home and not a church.The colours that cascade over him are from one of four multi coloured stain glass windows throughout ÒAÓ room, its the best spot to sit, the combination of the warm sun and colour. (Photograph by Isaac Paul)

The image of my dad playing saxophone was taken on a quiet Sunday at the funeral home in what we call the ÒAÓ room. It is our main chapel for funerals that are held at the funeral home and not a church.The colours that cascade over him are from one of four multi coloured stain glass windows throughout ÒAÓ room, its the best spot to sit, the combination of the warm sun and colour. (Photograph by Isaac Paul)

EDITOR’S CHOICE: PHOTOGRAPH BY Sherry Galey

My grandson Declan and his family moved to Hay River in the Northwest Territories for a job opportunity. My husband and I (who live outside of Ottawa) took the opportunity to go visit them in August one year as a way to learn more about what they were experiencing in Canada's North as well as see more of the area ourselves. This particular photo was taken at the top of the Alexandra falls as Declan was skipping and throwing stones. I caught him with both feet slightly off the ground in a typical Declan gesture. (Sherry Galey)

My grandson Declan and his family moved to Hay River in the Northwest Territories for a job opportunity. My husband and I (who live outside of Ottawa) took the opportunity to go visit them in August one year as a way to learn more about what they were experiencing in Canada’s North as well as see more of the area ourselves.
This particular photo was taken at the top of the Alexandra falls as Declan was skipping and throwing stones. I caught him with both feet slightly off the ground in a typical Declan gesture. (Sherry Galey)

March: Unforgettable food

We aren’t picky. From a portrait of a cook to a scene at a potluck, from celery to cutlery, we welcome all photos related to this glorious word. Don’t forget markets, bakeries, farms—feel free to get outside your kitchen zone. Check out the month’s top 10 submissions.

READERS’ CHOICE: Photograph by Kailee Mandel

This photo was taken on queen st east, a little bit down the street from McDonalds! I was doing a project where I was dropping food on the ground and this one came out so perfectly :) I basically bought an ice cream, and dropped it as naturally as possible. and BAM! got this shot! (Kailee Mandel)

This photo was taken on queen st east, a little bit down the street from McDonalds!
I was doing a project where I was dropping food on the ground and this one came out so perfectly :)
I basically bought an ice cream, and dropped it as naturally as possible. and BAM! got this shot!
(Kailee Mandel)

EDITOR’S CHOICE: PHOTOGRAPH BY Ben Benvie

This image was taken during the Winterlude Festival in Ottawa, ON. Threading the frozen maple syrup on a stick through the small opening on Rachel's helmet was the quickest way for her to start enjoying this tasty treat. Everything was going well until it began to melt and clung to the wire cage! (Ben Benvie)

This image was taken during the Winterlude Festival in Ottawa, ON. Threading the frozen maple syrup on a stick through the small opening on Rachel’s helmet was the quickest way for her to start enjoying this tasty treat. Everything was going well until it began to melt and clung to the wire cage! (Ben Benvie)

April: Spring has sprung!

April is the coolest month. With pranks on Day One, petunias by the end, and Passover and Easter in between, April brings a cornucopia of photo potential. Get outside, if you please; get wet, if you dare. Consider cities unthawing, or nature, nurturing her offspring. Check out the month’s top 10 submissions.

READERS’ CHOICE: Photograph by Lenna Lalonde

The photo (attached and inline) was taken at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area on the Sheridan Creek (Mississauga, Ontario).  I sat on the rocks and the mouth of the creek for about an hour as the sun was setting and the swans were very curious swimming quite close to investigate.

The photo (attached and inline) was taken at Rattray Marsh Conservation Area on the Sheridan Creek (Mississauga, Ontario). I sat on the rocks and the mouth of the creek for about an hour as the sun was setting and the swans were very curious swimming quite close to investigate.

EDITOR’S CHOICE: PHOTOGRAPH BY Ayiaz Kaderali

The photo was taken the morning of April 6th, with my iPhone. ItÕs a view of the St. JohnÕs (Newfoundland) harbour from my office window, after several days of wintry cold weather. The strong winds had driven  Ôpack iceÕ into the harbour, and the harbour was completely covered with ice and frozen over. A Canadian Coast Guard  ice breaker was continuously breaking the ice to keep the harbour accessible to boats (see attached). There had been heavy fog for several days as well. Unexpectedly, one morning, the sun burned through the fog, melting the ice. As the fog lifted, it revealed the magnificent scene as captured.

The photo was taken the morning of April 6th, with my iPhone. ItÕs a view of the St. JohnÕs (Newfoundland) harbour from my office window, after several days of wintry cold weather. The strong winds had driven Ôpack iceÕ into the harbour, and the harbour was completely covered with ice and frozen over. A Canadian Coast Guard ice breaker was continuously breaking the ice to keep the harbour accessible to boats (see attached). There had been heavy fog for several days as well. Unexpectedly, one morning, the sun burned through the fog, melting the ice. As the fog lifted, it revealed the magnificent scene as captured.

May: Sunshine

With summer on the horizon, you might photograph photosynthesis in action, or a little miss in her sundress. You could catch the light peaking through curtains or bouncing off a parasol. The picture doesn’t have to be playful—a painful squint, sunburn, hot tin roof—and don’t shy away from shade.

READERS’ CHOICE: Photograph by Curtis Dauphney

Curtis Dauphney

As for the shot, it was taken in Sydney, Nova Scotia, just on a small little sandbar area about 5 minutes from downtown. I’m relatively “new” to photography (first DSLR camera), so the camera used was a Nikon D3300 with an 18-55mm kit lens, shot free-hand (18mm, f/8, 1/13 sec, ISO 100).

EDITOR’S CHOICE: PHOTOGRAPH BY Amy Shaw

This image is of my 5 year old son Carter. I let him stay up late last week and we went out the to park at sunset. IÕm sitting on the ground crouched down with my camera aimed up at him. I wanted him to be a silhouette and had to time it perfectly with him ziplining right in front of the setting sun. The park is in Cumberland, on Vancouver Island, BC.

This image is of my 5 year old son Carter. I let him stay up late last week and we went out the to park at sunset. IÕm sitting on the ground crouched down with my camera aimed up at him. I wanted him to be a silhouette and had to time it perfectly with him ziplining right in front of the setting sun. The park is in Cumberland, on Vancouver Island, BC.


 

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