Photo Contest Rules



1. To enter, email your submission(s) to Please include where possible the title of the photo, a description of the subject matter and the location of the photograph. Be sure to include your name.

2. There is no entry fee.

3. Entries are limited to 10 photographs per category per person.

4. Entries must be received by Thursday, August 3, 2018, 11:59 pm.

5. Entries may be colour or black and white digital photographs. Digital entries can be submitted as jpeg files. Digital files should be at least 5 megapixels, or 2560 x 1950 pixels. Colour and tonal corrections and cropping are acceptable. Content changes are not acceptable.

6. Entrants must indicate a category for each submission:

• Lake Landscapes

• Water: In, On, Under

• Active in the Environment (show us how you connect with the lake environment!)

• Flora and Fauna

• Young Photographers (two categories: ages 12 and under + 13 – 20)

Prizes will be awarded in each category. The winner of each category will receive a gift card to a local retailer or restaurant. Prizes must be accepted as awarded and are not redeemable for cash. The winners of the Youth categories will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of $50 each.

7. Entrants must indicate if they are a professional photographer*, in which case, their submissions will be judged against those of other professional entrants. In other words, the work of amateur photographers will not be judged against the work of professional photographers.

*  A professional photographer is anyone who earns at least 50% of his or her annual income from photography. 

8. The names of the winners and their winning photographs will be published on the Environment Council’s website following the close of the contest.

9. By submitting a photo to the Environment Council Photo Contest, the photographer grants the Environment Council the right to publish the photo along with the photographer’s name (photo credit) in print or electronic form in a future Environment Council news release, brochure, website, Facebook post, or future Photo Contest promotion. The photographer must own all rights to any photographs entered in this contest.


Entries will be judged by two professional photographers.

Paul Orenstein is a Toronto-based photographer who has been capturing a wide variety of subjects in a range of idioms for many years. His work encompasses portraiture both editorial and corporate, documentary, travel, advertising, and fine art mainly in Canada but also abroad. Paul is a regular contributor to Cottage Life magazine and has acted as a judge in their photo contest. He cottages on Stony Lake.

Larry Williams is a photographer who lives in Toronto, summers on Stoney Lake, and helms both a studio and two of the country’s largest stock photography agencies: Corbis and Masterfile.

The decisions of the judges are final. Winners will be notified by email.

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