National Photo Challenge winners capture Canada’s Lake Biodiversity

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Photography has the power to capture hearts and minds and inspire positive change. Images that show the wonder of natural lakescapes, glimpses into the lives of wildlife, and intimate moments of people in nature perfectly describe the photos submitted to the recently completed 3rd Annual Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge. 

Organized by Living Lakes Canada, a national non-profit focused on water stewardship, the event aims to celebrate the beauty of lake biodiversity while raising awareness around growing impacts on lake health. Every year, the Photo Challenge invites people from coast to coast to submit their most engaging lake photos.

For the first time since the contest was launched in 2020, photos were submitted from every province and territory across the country. With 629 submissions flooding the online gallery, this mosaic of photography perfectly captures the spirit of lakes in Canada. From this incredible selection of entries, a Public Favourite winner was selected in four different categories via an online voting system where a total of 1,609 votes were cast in August.



Titled “Beauty and the Beast”, Melissa’s description of her image echoes the purpose of the Photo Challenge:, “This photo captures the resilience of nature, despite the devastating impact that humans have on our environment, and the urgent need for us to take action to protect it.

Three Judges’ Favourite winners were also selected by a Living Lakes Canada panel.



A Judges’ special mention goes out to L. Mehner’s impactful photo showing how plastic pollution is impacting wildlife on the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Manitota. “It is a beauty nest for this Osprey with young ones…. Too bad about the garbage that has become part of their home,” commented Mehner.

The kids’ conservation organization and Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge partner Earth Rangers awarded Judges’ Favourite in the Kids Category to Alexa Kornik for a mountainous picture of Lake Minnewanka, Alberta.

Winners of the Lake Landscapes, Lake Biodiversity and Lake Impacts categories will receive generous prize packages with items from Kicking Horse Coffee, Lush, Teadore, Laykhaus and Float-Eh. Earth Rangers has supplied an awesome age-appropriate prize that will go out to the Kids’ Category winners. 

Living Lakes Canada thanks everyone whose participation in this year’s Challenge contributed to an amazing snapshot of lakes across the country. The entire 2023 online gallery can be viewed here:

The 2023 Photo Challenge was made possible thanks to funding from the RBC Tech for Nature program.

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