WINNERS OF SECOND GREENBELT PHOTO CONTEST ON DISPLAY AT GRIMSBY ART GALLERY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 16, 2018

WINNERS OF SECOND GREENBELT PHOTO CONTEST ON DISPLAY AT GRIMSBY ART GALLERY

20 Winning Photos showcased at Grimsby Public Art Gallery as last stop on

Photo Tour

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with the Professional Photographers of Canada – Ontario, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to celebrate the natural beauty of water in the Greenbelt in the second Greenbelt Photography Contest. The winning photos are now touring the Greenbelt, showcasing water in all its forms.

The twenty winning photographs will be on display at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery for visitors to enjoy until February 14th. The winning photos, selected from 800 submissions by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, were previously featured in an exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinberg, as well as galleries throughout the Greenbelt. Grimsby Public Art Gallery is the final stop for the photo exhibit.

The photos capture the beauty of stunning waterfalls, tranquil waterfront moments, icy scenes, and wildlife. The choice of water as the inspiration for the artists was made in celebration of the Province’s decision to grow the Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands. One of the winning photos is of Fifty Mile Creek in Winona by Tom Stephens. Other Niagara-area winners include Hanifa Mamujee fr a photo of Decew Falls, as well as Vartkes Peltekoglue for a photo of Terrace Creek Falls, both in St. Catharines.

"We’re very pleased for the Greenbelt photo exhibit to return to our gallery with beautiful new photos highlighting the waterways of the Greenbelt", stated Rhona Wenger, Director, Grimsby Public Art Gallery. "We encourage our community to visit the gallery to view the winning photos from Niagara, and across the region, as the tour comes to a close."

“This photo series celebrates the Greenbelt’s protection of water, showcasing the beauty and importance of protecting water in the Greenbelt and beyond,” said Edward McDonnell, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “We are pleased to be closing the photo tour with an exhibit in Niagara Region, which is home to farmland, natural areas and of course, protected water systems.”

The photos will be on display at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery for one month until February 14th. Admission to the gallery is free.

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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 2 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, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.

About the Grimsby Public Art Gallery:

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is located within the Library and Art Gallery complex located on Carnegie Lane (formerly Victoria Avenue). The Gallery was established in 1975, as a non-profit organization which operates for the benefit and enrichment of the public. Our immediate audience is the Town of Grimsby and surrounding centres in the Region of Niagara.

Contact:

Erica Woods

Communications Manager

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

416-960-0001 ext. 306

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