Greenbelt Photos on Display at McMichael Canadian Art Collection


"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."
– Dorothea Lange

On November 15, 2015, we had the pleasure of announcing the 20 winners of the Greenbelt’s 10th Anniversary Photo Contest. You can see all the winning photos here but I encourage everyone to visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to see them in person, framed and hanging in the gallery.

The photos are on display until March 2016.

The exhibition would not have been possible without the support of our partners at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada – Ontario (PPOC-ON).

The McMichael's Anna Stanisz, Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs, and Rachel D'Oliveira, Art and Special Programs Coordinator, found us a home in the gallery. PPOC-ON, provided a team of master photographers and judges--including Kamini Le Capelain, Deb Deville, Brad Kelly and lead judge Jay Terry--who deliberated for hours over the final selections.


For me, someone who’s never seen a professional jury at work before, I learned a lot about the "Criteria of a Merit Image" and just how much scrutiny it takes to win a photo contest. We had over 800 entries to our photo contest, so again, well done to all the entrants, and especially the final 20.

Photo Contest winners posing with their photos at the McMichael's opening reception for the Greenbelt photo exhibit.

Top: (L) Mark Williams, Winner - Best Overall Photo and Best Wildlife Photo; (R) Warren Martil, Winner - People’s Choice: Landscape and Agriculture. Bottom: (L) Vartkes Peltekoglu, Winner - Best Agriculture Photo; (R) Kevin Walsh Winner - Best "People in Nature" Photo.


Top: (L) Tanya Biglieri; Michael Manett, Winner - Best Water Photo. Bottom: (L) Lou Cabigao; (R) George Gardiner. 

Top: (L) Alexander Harras; (R) Christine Hogenkamp. Bottom: Jason Milligan with his two winning photos. 

As a long-time admirer of photography, I can say you all did a fantastic job!

Dorothea Lange, a pioneer in social documentary photography documented living conditions on American farms for the FSA during the Great Depression. Her images became part of movement for social change: the camera teaching people how to see…

Our winners, and all our entries, provide a lesson in “how to see.”  The photos help us see that all around us there are lands and communities worth preserving. You don't need a plane ticket to access any of it, you just need to step outside.

Nearly two million acres of diverse and vital lands that literally feed us, clean our air, and filter our water. They inspire some really creative people too, and they should inspire us all to continue to protect our Greenbelt, not just for the next ten years, but forever.

We would like to thank all the participants of the Friends of the Greenbelt Photo Contest for sharing how you see the Greenbelt. It has truly been an honour to be a part of this project.

Stay tuned, because after the McMichael Art Collection the photo gallery will be hitting the road on tour to different galleries all over the Greenbelt and the Greater Toronto Area. We will be sharing the Greenbelt with everybody!


--Director, York Region

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