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2022 Conservation Lands Photo Contest

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation’s Photo Contest is back! This time we are encouraging photographers and BC residents to get out to Conservation Lands across the Province, to enjoy the natural beauty the province has to offer and to send us the images you capture while you are out in nature. If you have a fantastic image of Wildlife, Fish, Landscapes, or People Connecting with Nature snapped from one of BC’s many Conservation Land sites you could win up to $1,000 in Visa Gift Cards.

Photographs must have been taken within the boundaries of a provincially administered Conservation Lands area in the province of British Columbia (see map below). While we encourage photographers and all nature-minded individuals to explore BC’s Conservation Lands we recommend that you research the Conservation Land you intend to visit beforehand, obey all safety requirements, public access best practices, and ethical guidelines when taking pictures of wildlife (for recommended eithical wildlife photography see the Audubon Society’s Guide). Conservation Lands are protected and managed for the purposes of conserving important habitat and ecosystem functions and it is important that visitors do their part to maintain these sites for generations to come.

Submit Photo

Entries must be submitted via email to communications@hctf.ca by 4:30 PST on October 14th, 2022 and must be submitted in .jpg file format.

Photographs can be colour or black and white and should be taken on a high-resolution camera. Images should be no larger than 50 megabytes and without watermarks or other markings that identify the photographer;

All entries should be labeled with the photographers’s name included in the file name and you should include in your email submission the location the photograph was taken and any contact information required to get in contact with the entrant.

For additional information, please contact Craig Doucette by phone at (250) 9403012 or by email craig.doucette@hctf.ca

Prizes

Karen Wipond Award (1st Prize): $1,000.00 CAD Visa Gift Card*

2nd Prize: $500.00 CAD Visa Gift Card*

3rd Prize: $250.00 CAD Visa Gift Card*

The winning entries will be selected by a panel established by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF). Each photo shall be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, and artistic merit. The top entries will be featured on our website and social media platforms. Please note that entries may be used by HCTF to communicate about the contest, the Foundation, and conservation in BC, both during and after the contest period.

An individual may enter up to five photos. Photos must have been taken in the province of British Columbia, within a recognized Conservation Land property to be eligible.

After reading the HCTF 2022 Photo Contest Official Rules and Regulations, please submit your photo through the email link above.

Official Rules & Regulations

Conservation Lands

The primary purpose of conservation lands is to conserve and manage important habitat for the benefit of regionally or internationally significant fish and wildlife species. This includes habitat that is vital for:

  • Sensitive, vulnerable, or at-risk species.
  • Critical species life-cycle phases such as spawning, rearing, nesting, or winter feeding.
  • Species migration routes or other movement corridors.
  • Supporting unusually high species productivity or diversity.

Conservation lands often concurrently provide for a range of opportunities for public access, including day hiking, hunting and fishing, wildlife viewing, scientific research and education, and traditional activities of First Nations.

Map of BC Conservation Lands

  • 2019 Winners

    In 2019 the HCTF photo contest was split into 3 separate photography categories; BC Wildlife or Freshwater Fish, BC Landscape, and People in Nature. We received hundreds of entries showcasing the province’s most spectacular fish and wildlife species, picturesque locations and British Columbians themselves connecting with nature right here at home.

    Category: BC Wildlife and Freshwater Fish

    Category: BC Landscapes

    Category: People in Nature

  • 2017 Winners

    In 2017 we received hundreds of entries showcasing BC’s fish, wildlife and habitats, but in the end, it was three incredible bird photos that swept the podium. Devon Yu‘s perfectly-timed photo of a pileated woodpecker feeding its chicks was chosen as the grand prize winner, and photos by Ben Nelms and Sheldon Bilsker were selected as the runners-up.

    Grand Prize

    Runners-Up

  • 2015 Winners

    In 2017 we received hundreds of entries showcasing BC’s fish, wildlife and habitats, but in the end, it was three incredible bird photos that swept the podium. Devon Yu‘s perfectly-timed photo of a pileated woodpecker feeding its chicks was chosen as the grand prize winner, and photos by Ben Nelms and Sheldon Bilsker were selected as the runners-up.

    Grand Prize

    Runners-Up

     

Header Image: Pitt-Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area

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