Since October, Greenbelt friends, supporters and residents from across Ontario have submitted over 800 entries to our 2016-17 Photo Contest!
The contest closed on Tuesday, January 10, and we are already enjoying the entries and selecting finalists. On February 1, the finalists will be added to our website and Facebook page, where you will have the opportunity to vote for the Peoples’ Choice Winner. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this year’s entries in our gallery.
Photo of Albion Falls by Robert Casement
Our jury will also select 20 winners, whose photos will be exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection before travelling across the Greenbelt on display. Our jury consists of members of McMichael, the Professional Photographers of Canada, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
This year’s theme was timely and important. We invited entries celebrating the Greenbelt’s vital water resources, and the proposed addition of 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to Ontario’s Greenbelt. We were thrilled to see entries of water in all seasons and forms, including wintery farmlands, frosty waterfalls, water recreation, wildlife in water, and more. It’s exciting to see so many images celebrating water at a time when we are also trying to Grow Our Greenbelt to protect more sensitive headwaters, moraines, wetlands and their ecosystems.
Thank you to each and every person who submitted to this year’s contest. Your pictures help to tell the story of why it’s so important to protect and enjoy our Greenbelt. At almost 2 million acres, the Greenbelt ensures the sustainability of many of the things that make us happy and healthy – local food, fresh air, clean water, and green spaces we can enjoy for generations to come.
In addition to our annual Photo Contest, there are many ways to make sure your voice is heard. Recently, the Province announced that after receiving 700 requests to remove lands from the Greenbelt, only a handful of minor boundary changes will be made based on technical adjustments. During the Review, thousands of residents shared their support for protecting and growing the Greenbelt through petitions, letters, and at public consultations. It’s important to keep the pressure on to protect the Greenbelt against powerful private interests in the development industry.
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