Launch of Third Greenbelt Photo Contest with McMichael Canadian Art Collection


October 12, 2016

Launch of Third Greenbelt Photo Contest with McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Photo Contest Celebrates the Human Connection to the Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) are launching the third annual Greenbelt photo contest. This year’s theme is “People in the Greenbelt”, highlighting the human connection with nature, agriculture and the land across the Greenbelt.

Photos can capture the moments in time when connections are made every day by people visiting, living and working in our protected Greenbelt. Whether connecting with nature while hiking, enjoying farm fresh food, or working the land, these experiences embody the possibilities that grow in Ontario’s Greenbelt, which is as diverse as its people.

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to get snapping, submit their photos, and view entries from other individuals electronically through an online web portal at

Entries will be accepted beginning October 12, 2017, with the deadline to submit entries on January 10, 2018. Online voting for the “People’s Choice” winner will take place from January 19, 2018 to January 26. A panel of creative experts from the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, PPOC and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will select the other winning photos.

The winning photographs will be showcased at the esteemed McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, ON from March 10 to July 15 before touring the Greenbelt as a travelling exhibit.

Entries must be the property of the photographer on whose behalf the photo(s) are submitted and celebrate people in the Greenbelt. Photos can include people living, working or recreating in the Greenbelt, and must adhere to contest rules and conditions.

“For two years, this photo contest has produced breathtaking results and shared the wonderful photos with new audiences,” said Jean Chartrand, MPA, Chair of the Ontario Region of the Professional Photographers of Canada. “This year's theme of ‘People in the Greenbelt' underscores how each of us connects to the beauty of the Greenbelt, as captured by both aspiring and accomplished photographers.”

“This year contest offers a unique opportunity to present the Greenbelt as a home, playground or workplace to people who daily experience this exceptional environment, and to witness how both: land and people eventually become defined by this powerful interaction. An artistic challenge for competing photographers whose works are sure to inspire those who visit the McMichael to see the exhibition,” said Anna Stanisz, Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

“This year’s photo contest theme celebrates the value provided by the Greenbelt and the diversity of ways people are enriched by the moments they spend in nature and on the land. Being in the Greenbelt provides moments of calm and appreciation that can reinvigorate us and remind us of how we are all connected to the earth,” said Susan Murray, VP of Communications and Operations, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “We’re pleased to once again partner with the McMichael and Professional Photographers of Canada to bring the Greenbelt to life through photography.”

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About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, and a thriving economy with healthy local food and active outdoor recreation. At 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and secure. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at

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:

Erica Woods
Communications Manager
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
416-960-0001 ext. 306

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