Land and culture are dear to the hearts of Northerners, as showcased once again by the winning entries of the second Love the Land photo contest, organized by the NWT branch of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-NWT).
Twelve winning photos will be featured in the 2014 Love the Land calendar, along with an additional dozen runner-ups included as insets.
Erica Janes, conservation outreach coordinator for CPAWS-NWT, said the contest is a way for NWT residents and visitors to express their love of “this place we call home.”
“Love of the land is why CPAWS-NWT does what we do: we work with NWT residents, public and Aboriginal governments, communities and organizations to conserve the land, water and wildlife for current and future generations,” Janes said.
“Being able to share photographic expressions of love of the land is a community-builder, and we and many others really enjoy these little windows into others’ incredible experiences out on the land and water.”
Janes said judges looked for photos depicting people – or evidence of people – out on the land, along with representations of the different seasons, various land-use activities and subject matters. Originality of the shot, as well as technique and composition, were also considered, she said.
According to Janes, this year saw a greater variety in the entries, something she hopes continues to grow from year to year.
“For this second year of the contest, we received entries from a greater diversity of NWT communities than last year, and entries showing a greater variety of activities on the land, especially traditional activities, which was really exciting to see. We hope that as the contest gains momentum, we’ll receive even more entries, and more variety next year.”
The winning photographers were formally celebrated with prizes from local businesses at a launch event last Thursday evening at Javaroma in Yellowknife, where the choice photos will be on display until Nov. 21.
All proceeds from the calendars, which sell for $15 each, go toward supporting CPAWS-NWT’s conservation work and are available in Yellowknife at the BookCellar, Northern Frontier Visitor Centre and Overlander Sports.