Photo contest

The Great Canadian Photo Contest: January's winners

See January's winners from Maclean's photography contest, and check out your February assignment: 'Your dearest Canadian'

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 January photo contest, we asked photographers to capture Canada’s coldest season. 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 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.”


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.”

Your February assignment: 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.

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