Great Canadian Photo Contest: October’s winners

See October's winners from Maclean’s photography contest, and check out your November assignment: ‘Animals'

A fallow deer (buck) who recently lost its antlers smirking at the camera. (FOTOimage/Getty Images)

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 October photo contest, we asked photographers to capture the best of fall colours. Here are the top 10 submissions, including the readers’ choice photo, which was voted the most popular on Facebook, and the editor’s choice photo, which we at Maclean’s were most excited about.

READERS’ CHOICE: Photograph by Boyd Cameron


Moving to live somewhere new is never an easy thing. Especially when it’s Thanksgiving and your family is all together in Ontario. You remember how colourful the turning of the seasons can be there. Looking for something to remind us of home, my partner and I hiked up into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in search of the deciduous conifers, known as Larch. It was a great feeling to find these trees that turn yellow and later shed their needles. It made us appreciate the unique ways in which seasons are displayed in our new home. (Boyd Cameron)


This image was taken on the Khutze Inlet. I was a part of an expedition that took a former Canadian coastguard icebreaker through this part of British Columbia!
I woke up early and took a zodiac as far up the Inlet as possible, then we walked across a field lit beautifully with fall colours until we came across this female grizzly foraging. She didn’t seem bothered by us as she continued to eat nearby for about 20 minutes as we stayed silent and watched! Then she wandered off and we headed back, awestruck. (Stephen Underhay)

Your November assignment: Animals
Iconic species might not be reachable, so don’t get stuck on catching a bear or beluga in action. Farm sheep, goldfish, or a spaniel on a veterinary’s bench—animals in your shot might be cultivated, domesticated or soon-to-be evaluated. You might get down to snout-level, or frame your shot with four legs. The subject might be neither vertebrate nor cute – consider an earwig – but it simply must not be human.

Novembre : Animaux
Les espèces les plus emblématiques ne seront pas forcément accessibles. Par conséquent, ne perdez pas trop de temps à essayer de saisir un ours ou un béluga en pleine action. Des moutons dans leur enclos, un poisson rouge dans son bocal, un épagneul chez le vétérinaire feront tout aussi bien l’affaire. Les animaux devant votre objectif peuvent être d’élevage, de compagnie ou d’agrément. Placez-vous à hauteur de leur museau pour prendre votre cliché, ou encore entre leurs pattes. Cela dit, rien n’exige que votre sujet soit un vertébré, ni qu’il soit mignon : ce peut être un perce-oreille, par exemple. Seule contrainte : il ne doit pas être humain.

The next assignments will appear on 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
Click here for more on how to submit your photos.

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