Snap and Share your Parks, Forestry and Recreation moments presented by Nikon Canada
NEW Contest Period: August 18 – October 31, 2014
There's a lot happening in parks, the fall colours are spectacular and people are out enjoying the crisp autumn weather. There's no better time to get outside and take pictures of your experiences and memorable moments in Toronto's parks, urban forests, natural environments and recreation spaces! You could win a Nikon D3300 with lenses or a Nikon Coolpix AW120. Your pictures may also be part of our FUN Guide, featured on toronto.ca and City of Toronto social media, and shown in an exhibition at City Hall!
Before you get outside and snap those photos don't forget to read the contest rules and regulations first.
To be eligible for the contest, your photo must be:
Email your picture (feel free to enter as many times as you want, but one picture per email please) to firstname.lastname@example.org with your photo category in the subject line. Be sure to set your camera to high resolution, take your shots and send each one to use in an email that includes:
Please Note: A confirmation email will be sent to you upon receipt of your entry. You must respond to this email to complete your submission. Please ensure you check your junk mail folders if you do not receive the confirmation email.
Pictures must be taken during the contest period. By submitting a photo you're giving the City of Toronto the right and permission to use, reuse, alter, modify, crop, publish, republish or distribute photographic images for use on the City's website, posters, social media feeds, brochures, and other promotional materials should your photo be one of the winners or of honourable mention.
For information on alternative accessibility options for submitting entries please email at email@example.com.
The City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation division has a mission to improve the quality of life of Toronto’s diverse communities by providing safe, beautiful parks, a healthy, expanding urban forest, and high quality, community focused recreational experiences.
The contest's three photo categories:
The parks category includes pictures taken in Toronto's parks which show their beauty or the many different ways that people use, experience or enjoy parks. Examples include pictures showcasing:
The forestry category includes photos that showcase the beauty of Toronto's natural environment. Photos include pictures of animals, people, trees and trails. Examples include pictures showcasing:
The recreation category includes photos of people participating in outdoor recreational activities and being active in Toronto. Examples include pictures showcasing people:
All entries will be screened for eligibility. Those that meet the rules and regulations will qualify to move forward in the contest. All eligible photos will go through four rounds of judging. In rounds one and two, panels of City employees will assess photos with consideration of the contest judging criteria (technical, composition, impact, and content) to determine which photographs move forward. Three expert judges will then review those photos with a professional eye against the following criteria to create a list of finalists out of which the Grand Prize and category winners will be selected.
All contest winners will be notified at the end of December 2014. Winners must respond within ten (10) business days of such notification. Entrants who do not respond will be disqualified and will not receive a prize. Another winning contestant will be selected.
Only winners or those who receive honourable mention will be contacted.
Decision of the judges is final.
Winning images will be selected by our judging panel including:
Kristian Bogner is a world-class professional photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador. His photography is fuelled by ultimate positivity, passion and taking his technical expertise in photography to the extreme.
Kristian has received the Commercial Photographer of the Year for Canada Award three times from the Professional Photographers of Canada Association. He is also a four-time recipient of Photographer of the Year for Alberta, seven-time Photographer of the Year for Canada Finalist, and winner of numerous other awards for best fashion, best sports, best illustrative, best industrial and best scenic images in Canada.
Kristian’s recent photographic expeditions have taken him to Dali, China and Ladakh, India, where he captured amazing images of tribes, monks, nomads, mountainscapes, palaces and ancient cultures. He has shot everything from the Olympics and extreme sports to fashion, high-end architecture, aircraft, landscapes and much more, along with many commercial photography assignments. http://kristianbogner.com/
Dr. Roberta Bondar launched from Earth in January 1992 aboard NASA's space shuttle Discovery as the first neurologist in space and Canada's first woman astronaut. As a payload specialist she conducted over forty advanced scientific experiments for fourteen nations.
Roberta Bondar's photographic explorations have taken her to some of the most extreme climatic and geological locations on Earth. She has captured the beauty, solitude and dramatic landscape of the American Southwest, the High Arctic and the Sahara Desert with its ancient Roman ruins.
Roberta Bondar's photographic proficiency adds a multi-dimension to her expression of experiences. As an Honors student in Professional Nature Photography at the Brook's Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, she was deeply influenced by the poetic tableaus of renowned American photographer Ansel Adams.
Having seen Earth from the unique perspective of space, her Earth centered pictorial images celebrate the beauty of our natural environment at an intimate level.
Her photographic works may be found in private, corporate and institutional collections. In 2009 , Roberta was the feature photographer for the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation's Toronto Tree Portraits calendar. http://www.robertabondar.com/photographer.php
Moses is best known for his achievements in television, his contributions to the Canadian music industry, and now, for his newest and ongoing role as a Champion for Canada’s 15.3 million people aged 45plus (aka Zoomers).
In the 1970s, long before Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, Moses anticipated the popularity of user-generated content. His groundbreaking television concepts, notably Speaker’s Corner, Videography, and the Studioless Streetfront Television Operating System were at the core of the over 20 independent stations and channels he co-founded, including CityTV, SPACE, Bravo! and CablePulse24; not to mention MuchMusic and MusiquePlus, which served to define a generation of Canadian youth in both official languages. Among Moses’ many honours commemorating his visionary contribution to Toronto’s urban landscape, his favourite is that the City of Toronto designated a famous downtown stretch of the legendary Queen Street MOSES ZNAIMER WAY.
Today, Moses is President of CARP, and the Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited (TSXV: ZUM), a global leader in creating media, information, entertainment and spiritual experiences for the 45plus in television, radio, web, conferences, trade shows, and the flagship Zoomer magazine, Canada’s largest paid circulation magazine for mature men and women, in which Moses pens chapters for his “Zoomer Philosophy”.
In October 2013, on the occasion of its 120th anniversary, the High Park Zoo held a special ceremony to officially name a new baby wallaby "Zoomer" in recognition of Moses' contribution to keeping the Zoo open when City Council moved to shut it down to save the annual operating expense.
Thanks to Nikon Canada for the support.
The grand prize winner will receive a Nikon D3300 camera, 18-55mm lens and 55-300mm lens and Nikon camera bag valued at an approximate retail value of $1,079.
There will be one first place winner in each of the three categories. Each category winner will receive a Nikon CoolPix AW120 Camera with an approximate retail value of $379.
Once the category first place winners have been determined, the next top three photos will be receive a certificate from the City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.
Some photos may receive honorable mention.
Winning photos and those that receive honourable mention will be exhibited at City Hall in the rotunda.
Winning images will also be featured in the Spring Summer 2015 issue of Toronto FUN Guide.
August 18 - October 31, 2014
For information on alternative accessibility options for submitting entries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The parks category includes pictures taken in Toronto's parks which show their beauty or the many different ways that people use, experience or enjoy parks. Examples include:
The forestry category includes photos that showcase the beauty of Toronto's natural environment, whether in a park or elsewhere. Photos include pictures of animals, people, trees and trails. Examples include:
The recreation category includes photos of people participating in outdoor recreational activities and being active in Toronto.