Launch of Second Greenbelt Photo Contest with McMichael Canadian Art Collection

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October 5, 2016 

Launch of Second Greenbelt Photo Contest with McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Photo Contest Celebrates the Water’s Many Iterations and Forms, and the Addition of 21 Urban River Valleys to the Greenbelt

 The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) are teaming up again to launch a second photo contest to celebrate the proposed addition of 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to Ontario’s permanently protected Greenbelt.

From the rivers that clean and protect our water, to the wetlands that are home to so many wild animals, to the lakes that invite us to relax and play, the water resources in Ontario’s Greenbelt are vital to us and our future. This year, the Greenbelt Photo Contest invites photographers to share their favourite water moments, whether it’s the scenic beauty of a waterfall in the Escarpment or a peaceful moment paddling on a still lake, or any of the many iterations and forms water takes in the Greenbelt. 

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to get snapping and submit their photos and view entries from other individuals electronically through an online web portal at www.greenbelt.ca/photo_contest.

Entries will be accepted beginning October 3, 2016, with the deadline to submit entries on January 10, 2017. Winners will be announced in February. The winning photographs will be showcased at the esteemed McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, ON before touring the Greenbelt as a travelling exhibit. Photo entries will be judged by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three organizations sponsoring the contest.

Entries must be the property of the photographer on whose behalf the photo(s) are submitted and celebrate the watersheds and waterways that bring the Greenbelt to life. Photos can include recreational water activities, natural beauty or wildlife, and must adhere to contest rules and conditions.

“This photo contest has produced breathtaking results, and showcased the work of aspiring and accomplished photographers to new audiences,” said Jean Chartrand, MPA, Chair of the Ontario Region of the Professional Photographers of Canada. “Photography is an accessible way to showcase the beauty of the Greenbelt.”

“Being in the heart of the Greenbelt, the McMichael is committed to celebrating the connection between art and the natural world,” said Rachel D’Oliveira, Manager of Art and Special Programs at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. “This partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt invites photographers to think about the importance of our water resources and share the beauty that can be found in the Greenbelt.”

“Protecting our water resources is vital to the health and well being of the region,” said Burkhard Mausburg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “This contest celebrates the steps the Province has taken to protect our water, and the photos will capture what is at stake when we talk about this vital resource.” 

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About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca

About the McMichael Canadian Art Collection: 
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of over 6,000 artworks by Canadian artists, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on 100 acres of northern landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information: mcmichael.com

For further information, contact:
Erica Woods
Communications Manager
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
416-960-0001 ext. 306

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