Winners of Third Greenbelt Photo Contest Celebrated at McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Press Release: Winning photos celebrate our connections to the Greenbelt and all it has to offer

Mar 26, 2018   •   Public Engagement , News


March 26, 2018


Winning photos celebrate our connections to the Greenbelt and all it has to offer

On March 25, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection announced the winners of the Third Greenbelt Photo Contest at a special event at the McMichael, where photos will be exhibited until July 15, 2018.

Selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, the winning photographs captured the connections found 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.

The winning photos capture all seasons, with photos of timid swimmers about to take the plunge and a winter canoeist paddling the Eramosa River. Other winners feature active farmland, starry skies, and more than a few birds.

The winning photographers are:

  • General Winners: Bailey Dyck (Flowerpot Island Tobermory), Bella Brough (Georgian Bluffs), Dan Copeland (North Highway 5 at Brock Rd), David Coulson (Caledon, Mount Nemo Conservation Area and Rockwood Eramosa River), Ellen Cameron (Mono), Elton Law (Sherman Falls Ancaster), Gabriel Bizeau-Regis (St Catharines), Heather Petre (Grimsby), Kamran Bakhitiari (Cherry Hill Gate), Rob Miller (Walkers Line and Valens Conservation Area), Robert Alsop (Tiffany Falls), Stephen Wright (Pontypool, Scugog and Long Sault Conservation Area), Tom Stephens (Hilton Falls), and Tracy Munson (Cherry Orchard St Catharines)
  • Overall Winner: David Coulson (Rouge Park)
  • People’s Choice Winner: Jack Starret (Sherman Falls)

In addition to visiting the exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the photos will be available for the public to enjoy on a photo tour throughout the Greenbelt. All the winning photographs can be found at

"PPOC-ON is thrilled to have been a part of another successful Greenbelt photography contest and contribute to the judging and selection process," said Jay Terry, MPA, Chair of PPOC-ON. "The diverse winning photos showcase not only the beauty of the Greenbelt, but also the talent and artistic expression of the photographers."

“It’s such a pleasure to see the latest exhibition of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation's Photo Contest at the McMichael,” said Anna Stanisz, Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. “This year’s theme of the human connection to the Greenbelt strongly resonates with our gallery. Located on the ridge of the Humber River Valley, the McMichael’s public programming consistently acknowledges the vital role the environment plays in our varied experiences.”

“By protecting the vital natural and agricultural resources in our region, the Greenbelt provides a unique opportunity to connect with the landscape in all its forms,” said Edward McDonnell, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “These winning photos, and all of the submissions, showcase the diversity of experiences and opportunities in the Greenbelt. The Foundation congratulates the winners and thanks all the photographers for their excellent submissions.”

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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



Erica Woods                      

Communications Manager                                    

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation                                                        

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