The Great Canadian Photo Contest: April’s finalists

See April’s finalists from Maclean’s photography contest, and check out your May assignment: ‘Sunshine’



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!

For our April photo contest, we asked photographers to capture the best of spring. Below are the top 10 submissions. You can vote for your favourite on Facebook.

Your May assignment: 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.

The next assignments will appear on macleans.ca on the first of each month. Readers can also find the assignments by following Maclean’s on Instagram or Twitter, or liking our Facebook page. The assignment will appear in the first tablet edition of the month, as well as in the monthly print issue.


The Maclean’s photo department will narrow down the submissions to 10 finalists each month. From there, one photographer will win the editor’s choice award. Another photographer will win the readers’ choice award. Readers will vote online by liking a photo on Facebook.


Each month, cash prizes will be awarded to the editor’s choice and readers’ choice winners. The winning photos will be published in the tablet edition of Maclean’s. At the end of the year, Maclean’s will exhibit all the winning photos in a gallery show and invite the photographers to attend.

How to submit

Send a direct message with your photo and a caption (how the photo was taken, the back story, where and when it took place, what makes it special) to the Maclean’s Facebook page, or send @MacleansMag a Tweet or Instagram with your photo, using #GreatCanadianPhotoContest. Alternately, send your photo, along with your name, day and evening phone numbers, email address, and age to greatcanadianphoto@gmail.com.

Photographers, good luck—and Canada, smile!

Contest closes December 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. Open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), over age of majority. Contest consists of 12 individual monthly entry periods. Two winners will be determined per monthly entry period, based on the application of judging criteria and a public voting process. Each prize consists of $250. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received per monthly entry period, on the application of judging criteria, and on the number of eligible votes received by each entry that is short-listed by the judges. Math question must be correctly answered to win. Details and full contest rules available at macleans.ca/photo-contest-rules


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