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.
June: Road trips
Destinations might offer images, but you can also photograph the trek. Pit stops, pitfalls, or the carnival in the backseat—you might frame a shot with your sunroof or roof rack, or maybe you make a game of it, taking a photo with every left turn, for every dog snout you spot poking out a window, or for every variation of “are we there yet?”
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.
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.
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. Here were March’s winners.
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. Here were February’s winners.
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. Here were January’s winners.
The next assignments will appear on this page 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 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 email@example.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