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2017 Photo Contest

Nature Canada / 2017 Photo Contest

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Get your cameras ready… Nature Canada is happy to announce the launch of its 2017 Photo Contest!

Last year’s Nature Photo Contest was a huge hit. We received over 4,000 entries and the top photos were featured in our Nature Calendar!

Starting May 23rd and running until August 13th, we will be accepting photo entries which capture the beauty of Canadian nature all around us. Special prizes from our generous supporters are available for the winners who will be announced.

The Nature Photo Contest is a celebration of the plants and animals, landscapes, and nature moments that bring us joy and happiness. Our hope is to encourage more Canadians to get outdoors and to connect with nature across the summer months. This summer is particularly special as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

In case you were looking for inspiration, we’ve created a variety of themes into which you can submit your photo(s)!

  • Exploring Canada 150 – explore Canada’s parks,
    heritage sites, and Canada 150 celebrations
  • Canadian Landscape – see our breathtaking country coast to coast
  • People in Nature – how are you connecting with nature
  • Nature in Action – soaring, crawling,  hiking, flying, climbing
  • Fauna & Flora – discover the wonder in Canadian wildlife
  • Nature Nearby – explore nature in your backyard
  • Favorite Memory in Nature – share your nature memories

There will be Early Bird draws, so get your submissions in early! See our rules and regulations for more information.

It is our hope that by spending time in nature you will experience and learn about the natural beauty our country has to offer. So get up, get outside, and enjoy the great outdoors!

How to Submit

Please make sure to always include the theme into which you would like to submit your photo! We would also love to hear the story behind the shot!

Please make sure to always identify yourself as either an Amateur, Professional, or Youth photographer.

Make sure to include #NaturePhotoContest when using social media. Twitter submissions should also include @naturecanada in order for entries to be accepted.

Submissions are accepted by mail. The post address is as follows: 75 Albert Street, Suite 300 Ottawa, ON Canada K1P 5E7

You can also use the form below to submit.

Please consult our rules and regulations page for full details.

*Please check your spam folder for your confirmation email

Submit your photos here

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

What did your photo capture?

What type of photographer are you? (required)
 Amateur Professional Youth

Theme (required)
 Canada 150 Canadian Landscape People in Nature Nature in Action Fauna & Flora Nearby Nature Nature Memories

Size limit: 5MB


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Wild Women Expeditions
Our top prize is an incredible Canadian nature adventure from Wild Women Expeditions valued at $1000! Wild Women Expeditions offers a wide variety of outdoor adventures, including canoe and kayak trips, multi-sport adventures, hiking trips and yoga retreats! Choose from one of their many Canadian adventures!

Grand Prize

Wild Women Expeditions valued at $1000!

Additional Prizes

Ripleys Aquarium of Canada
1 Family Pass Express for Ripley’s Aquarium

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Éco-Odyssée water maze passes

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Free passes for Ziptreak Eco Tours

Manitoba Museum Logo

Free passes to the museum

Image of a Golf Ball

Green Fees for 2

Lee Valley Giftcard

Two gift cards


Gift from MEC


Bird Kingdom Gift

Canadian Museum of Nature Logo

Gift from Canadian Museum of Nature


Gift from FortWhyte


Casa Loma Gift Certificates


4 Zipline Passes


  • No submissions will be accepted until May 23rd, 2017. No submissions will be accepted after August 13th, 2017.
  • Submissions made on social media must include #NaturePhotoContest in order to be eligible.
  • A selection of the top photographs will be presented on our webpage for public voting.
  • There is no limit as to the number of submissions by a single entrant.
  • Participation in the Contest constitutes Entrants’ full and unconditional agreement to abide by these Contest Rules and Regulations and the Contest Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.
  • For full contest rules and regulations please visit them here
Raccoon by Debbie OGrady


Photo of Michelle Valberg

Michelle Valberg – Photographer

Photo of Meg Beckel

Meg Beckel – President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature

Picture of Les Stroud

Les Stroud – TV’s “Survivorman”

Picture of Laura Bombier

Laura Bombier – Photographer

Photo of Sandy Sharkey

Sandy Sharkey – Photographer


Thank you to our supporters!

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