2017 Greenbelt Photo Contest Winners

We are excited to share the 20 winning photographs from the 2016-2017 Greenbelt Photo Contest!

This year, we partnered again with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) to launch a photo contest celebrating the proposed addition of 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to Ontario’s permanently protected Greenbelt.

Thank you to everyone who participated! We received over 800 eligible entries celebrating water across the Greenbelt.

The winning photographs were selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, and by over 2000 Greenbelt friends who cast votes for the Peoples' Choice Award. View the winning photographs below, and visit them on display at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg until June 30, 2017. 

Overall Winner: Shari Chambers


Artist Statement: "I took this photo from a helicopter using my Canon T2i. I am a web designer, and traded a website for the opportunity to fly around the Bruce Peninsula taking images of the region. We left Wiarton in a 2 person Helicopter, door removed of course for better shooting. The sky was slightly clouded, which I was not happy with at first. However, the clouds provided me with the best opportunity to take images of the Niagara Escarpment and the deep cold clear waters of Georgian Bay along the Bruce Peninsula National Park. The clouds were the perfect filter. It was the perfect day for taking photos of this incredible area! I am privileged to be able to call the Bruce Peninsula home." — Shari Chambers

Peoples' Choice Winner: Peter Dusek


Artist Statement: "I took this photograph of Daisy, my faithful companion, one still autumn evening at the Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville, with a view west across the dock of the Island Lake Rowing Club. While she loves to swim in the lake, that night she was just enjoying the sights, sounds, and scents of dusk settling in over the water — a quiet moment of "just being”. The final echo of the sunset remains over the horizon to the right, its light being replaced by the glow of Orangeville lights and their reflection in the water. As a landscape photographer, I had my tripod set up, not planning to have Daisy in the scene, but she came just at the right moment and stood perfectly still as I was testing my exposures, resulting in this beautiful photograph."
— Peter Dusek

2016-2017 Winning Photographs

Angeline Vanderboom | Fairchild Creek, Lynden


Bob Noble | Caledon


 Doris Woudenberg | Humber Bay Park, Etobicoke 


Ellen Cameron | Island Lake, Mono 


Ellen Cameron | Island Lake, Mono  


Hanifa Mamujee | Morningstar Mill, St. Catharines


Heather Petre | Fifty Point Conservation Area


Jeff Dickie | Edelweiss Park, Bolton


Julie Chan | Bruce Peninsula National Park


Michael Manett | Etobicoke Creek


 Michael Manett | Humber River Bridge, Etobicoke


Nigel Hart | Little Dunks Bay, Tobermory


 Sean Van Dongen | Jack Darling Park, Mississauga


 Tom Stephens | Fifty Mile Creek, Winona


Tracy Munson | Cyprus Lake, Bruce Peninsula National Park


 Tracy Munson | Cyprus Lake, Bruce Peninsula National Park


Vartkes Peltekoglu | Grindstone Creek, Waterdown


Vartkes Peltekoglu | Terrace Creek Falls, St. Catharines


Congratulations to the winners of this year's Greenbelt Photo Contest, celebrating our protected water resources! 

After June 30, the winning photographs will hit the road to tour galleries across Ontario's Greenbelt. Stay tuned!

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