The aurora seen from Churchill, Manitoba at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, in a view looking northwest from the main building over the trees, with the 10-22mm lens. This is a 10-second exposure at f/4 and ISO 800 with the Canon 60Da. Moonlight lights the landscape. Cassiopeia is at upper left. (Alan Dyer/VWPics/Redux)
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 now, check out our gallery of monthly winners: the 24 best photos our readers submitted in 2017.
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Editor’s choice winner for ”the beauty of winter”
A short eared owl and I got it in Delta BC… I know they’re there all the time so that’s why I went there… This time of year can be challenging to get birds or at least different types of birds here in Vancouver… so I knew that they were there …. and I think that particular owl is a female. (Susan Robertshaw)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”the beauty of winter”
This particular shot was taken at Emerald Lake in BC, Canada in early December. It was a brisk -30c evening out and I seriously debated skipping shooting to go and sit by a warm fire. I finally decided to go and check out the conditions and was awarded with one of the most peaceful moments I’ve experienced in a long time. Pure stillness on the shores of Emerald Lake, unbelievably cold, and exceptionally beautiful. Shot on a Nikon D810 and 24-70mm 2.8 lens for 30 seconds. (Erik McRitchie)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Your dearest Canadian”
My grandson Declan and his family (Mum, Dad and sister) had 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. Declan’s father Blaine took us on many fascinating excursions to see the geography and wildlife of the region. One such trip was to Alexandra Falls, which is a powerful and glorious waterfall not too far from Hay River. We had a wonderful day with Blaine and the grandkids (Declan’s Mum had to work that day) and I took many photos of the kids being kids and having a great time in that setting. This particular photo was taken at the top of the 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)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”Your dearest Canadian”
The image of my dad playing saxophone was taken on a quiet Sunday at the funeral home in what we call the “A” 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 “A” room, its the best spot to sit, the combination of the warm sun and colour. (Isaac Paul)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Unforgettable food”
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)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”Unforgettable food”
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)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Spring has sprung!”
It’s a view of the St. John’s (Newfoundland) harbour from my office window, after several days of wintry cold weather. The strong winds had driven ‘pack ice’ 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. (Ayiaz Kaderali)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”Spring has sprung!”
The photo 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. It was taken with a Nikon D7200 (Aperture: f/4, ISO: 100, Shutter Speed: 1/640, Focal Length: 850/10). (Leanna Lalonde)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Sunshine"
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. I’m 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. (Amy Shaw)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Sunshine"
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). (Curtis Dauphney)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Roadtrip”
The photo was taken in Miscouche PEI. We often grab a few snacks, the camera and the dog and go for little “road trips” on PEI. I wanted to capture a picture of our dog Ginger with her head out the window so we chose a quiet road where we could drive slowly to keep both Ginger and myself safe (I was also hanging out the window to compose the shot) and not annoy other drivers. The end result captured the fun we had on a beautiful spring day. (Yolande Gaudet)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”Roadtrip”
I took these photos in January, 1979. On a road trip in southwestern Saskatchewan (on highway 21 between Maple Creek and Fox Valley) I came across this unusual scene. Once an icon of the prairie, the grain elevator has nearly been eliminated, but seeing one being moved on a very cold day in winter will not likely happen again. It was a bitterly cold minus 30, just as an aside. (Jerry Kambeitz)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Canadian colours”
This photo is of Louise Falls in Twin Gorge Territorial Park, Northwest Territories. Because it was June when it was taken, I made everyone in our group wait until 10 pm before starting the trek down the 138 step spiral staircase to the falls. All in the hopes of capturing the falls during sunset. (Bri Hamlyn)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”Canadian colours”
This picture was taken on July 18th 2017 near the Hamlet of Mennon, Saskatchewan (about 45km from Saskatoon) on my trusty ol’ Nikon D3200. Just as the sun was setting, two massive fronts converged right at the back of my family’s acreage, this picture is of the one front shortly before it met the other. Saskatchewan skies are often remarkable, but this evening was unforgettable. The mixture of golden hour light, sudden wind, and the twisting clouds was riveting, I am so glad I had my camera near me. (Chantal Marsolais)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”The Canadian sky”
This photo was taken in August 2017 on our family farm near Pine Lake, AB. I have been thinking about what kind of Canadian photo I wanted to take all summer and with the sunrise getting a bit later in August, this morning was perfect. My oldest son helped me with this vision and he was so patient as we waited for the wind to blow the flag. This photo symbolized so much from growing up on a farm and now having my kids experience a piece of that. The sunrise with the promise of a new day and harvest time bringing in the hay. Proud to be Canadian! (Amanda Brockhoff)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”The Canadian sky”
The photo was taken in July 31, 2012. I was just getting into photographing storms, and headed out on this stormy evening with a neighbour who also loved to photograph storms. This stormy sky was taken 2 km outside of my hometown Olds AB . The photo was taken just before 6 pm in the evening. (Veronica Reist)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Outdoor adventure”
This was taken in New Sarepta, Alberta at the annual Demolition Derby on September 10th. Just taken with my Canon Rebel as I sat on the sidelines with my husband and some of our friends. It’s a really fun event that brings a lot of the community together! (Kira Cherneski)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”Outdoor adventure”
I took this photo of my boyfriend Jason and our young Silver Labrador Colt on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Hilliardton Marsh, 15 minutes outside of our hometown of Englehart, Ontario. It was early season and a very special hunt as it was my first time waterfowl hunting and Colt made his first retrieve. This photo was captured around 6:30pm from the back of the canoe which we had hidden amongst the tall water reeds on a bed of floating islands. (Shawna Holmes)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Fall colours”
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)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”Fall colours”
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)
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Editor’s choice winner for ”Animals”
The photo was taken at my home in Winnipeg, Manitoba on one of the first snow falls. I was hanging out with my dad and my boy Oliver (the dog in the pic), and captured this moment when he was catching snow balls that were being thrown for him, one of his favourite things to do! I had fun playing around with shutter speed on my camera, so that I could capture his expression and the moment he caught the ball! (Karinna Fletcher)
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Reader’s choice winner for ”Animals”
This photo was taken in Campbell River in Victoria, BC. just in front of the iconic Big Rock. A dozen eagles were feasting on some washer up salmon. I sat with a group of onlookers waiting on the best shot. (Ashly Fraser)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographers, good luck—and Canada, smile!
Contest closes December 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. Open to Canadian residents, 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
Pour son 150e anniversaire, le Canada mérite le plus beau des albums photos! Maclean’s souhaite rendre hommage à la splendeur culturelle et géographique de notre pays. Tout au long de 2017, nous invitons donc nos lecteurs à soumettre leurs photos sur un thème précis, qui sera différent chaque mois. Les photos gagnantes seront publiées dans notre édition hebdomadaire sur tablette et en ligne à la fin du mois. À la fin de l’année, toutes les œuvres gagnantes seront mises en vedette dans une exposition en galerie, et nous couronnerons la meilleure photo de l’année. Fournissez les photos, et nous leur assurerons une exposition à l’échelle nationale.
Thème du mois en cours
Décembre : L’hiver au chaud
Une veste polaire, un passe-montagne, une combinaison pyjama portée par un bébé… Pourquoi ne pas faire une séance photo consacrée aux vêtements d’hiver, éclairée par exemple par un feu de bois? Vous pourriez aussi vous intéresser aux décorations de Noël entreposées dans un grenier, ou aux gouttes de cire coulant d’une menora. Servez-vous d’une fenêtre comme cadre, pour photographier de l’intérieur de la maison un banc de neige qui attend qu’on le pellette. Ou inversement, placez-vous dehors par mauvais temps, le doigt sur le déclencheur, pour observer par une fenêtre ce qui se passe en dedans, au chaud.
Les prochains thèmes seront annoncés sur cette page le premier de chaque mois. Les lecteurs peuvent aussi les découvrir en suivant Maclean’s sur Instagram ou Twitter, ou en « aimant » notre page Facebook. Chacun sera publié dans le premier numéro sur tablette du mois ainsi que dans notre édition papier mensuelle.
Sélection des gagnants
Chaque mois, le service photo de Maclean’s sélectionnera 10 finalistes parmi les photos soumises. L’un de ces 10 photographes remportera le prix du rédacteur en chef. Un deuxième photographe remportera le prix des lecteurs. Les lecteurs seront invités à voter en ligne en « aimant » les photos sur Facebook.
Chaque mois, des prix en argent seront attribués aux deux gagnants (prix du rédacteur en chef et prix des lecteurs). Les photos gagnantes seront publiées dans l’édition sur tablette de Maclean’s. À la fin de l’année, Maclean’s organisera une exposition en galerie avec toutes les photos gagnantes et invitera les photographes à y assister.
Envoyez un message privé contenant votre photo à la page Facebook de Maclean’s, ou envoyez-la à @MacleansMag avec un Tweet ou un message Instagram, en mentionnant le mot-clic #GrandConcourscanadiendephoto. Vous pouvez aussi envoyer votre photo par courriel, en indiquant votre nom, votre numéro de téléphone au travail et à la maison, votre adresse courriel et votre âge à email@example.com.
Bonne chance à tous les photographes!
Le concours prend fin le 31 décembre 2017 à 23 h 59 HE. Il est ouvert aux personnes résidant aux Canada (le Québec non compris) ayant atteint l’âge de la majorité. Il comporte 12 périodes de participation mensuelles distinctes. Deux gagnants seront choisis pour chaque période de participation mensuelle, en fonction des critères d’évaluation et du vote du public. Chaque prix consiste en une somme de 250 $. Les chances de gagner dépendent du nombre de participations admissibles reçues au cours de chaque période mensuelle de participation, de l’application des critères d’évaluation et du nombre de votes admissibles reçus par chaque participation retenue comme finaliste par le jury. Pour avoir droit à son prix, chaque gagnant devra répondre correctement à une question réglementaire d’arithmétique. Le règlement complet du concours peut être consulté à macleans.ca/photo-contest-rules