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2018 Photo Contest

The 2018 Photo Contest is CLOSED.

This year’s grand prize winner is the Black Bear Sow and Cub by Megan Lorenz! 

Image of Black Bear Sow and Cub by Megan Lorenz

Please consult our rules and regulations page for full details.

Grand Prize

All participants will have the chance to win some amazing prizes donated by our generous sponsors, including a grand prize from Ocean Quest Adventures! Submit your best nature photos for your chance to win a multi day adventure package including Ocean Safari and Coastal Close Encounters! Explore true Canadian wilderness in Newfoundland with 5 nights of accommodations and 7 days of adventures valued at $2500.

Prizes Sponsors



Canadian Museum of Nature Logo




Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa




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Manitoba Museum Logo


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Ripleys Aquarium of Canada Logo sustainable-outdoors-co ziptrek-logo
White Point Beach Resort Brome Bird Care


and more to come!


  • No submissions will be accepted until May 22nd, 2018. No submissions will be accepted after August 12th, 2018.
  • 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

Image of Michael Tayler

Michael Tayler

Image of Senator Nancy Greene Raine

Senator Nancy Greene Raine

Image of Taylor Roades

Taylor Roades –




Last year’s Nature Photo Contest was a huge hit. We received over 6,500 entries and the top photos were featured in our Nature Calendar!

Starting May 22nd and running until August 12th, 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.

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

  • Canadian Landscape – see our breathtaking country coast to coast
  • People in Nature – how are you connecting with nature
  • Nature Nearby – explore nature in your backyard
  • Nature in Action – soaring, crawling,  hiking, flying, climbing
  • Fauna & Flora – discover the wonder in Canadian wildlife

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.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

What type of photographer are you? (required)

What's your photo of? (required)

Theme (required)
Canadian LandscapePeople in NatureNature in ActionFauna & FloraNearby Nature

Size limit: 5MB

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