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Mayor's Environment Expo: Photo Contest Details

Rules on submissions:

  • The Photo Contest is open to students in grades 7 to 12 in Calgary.
  • Photos must be taken in 2017 or 2018 and in the Calgary area.
  • Only ONE photo per category per student can be submitted.
  • Each photo must have a caption.
  • Photos must be accompanied by a completed entry form. Identify each photo you submit by including its file name in the entry form.
  • Photos entered should not contain markings (e.g. watermarks).
  • Photos may have minor alterations for color, contrast, etc., but may not be significantly altered.
  • Photos must be exclusive to this contest and unpublished.
  • By entering the Photo Contest, a participant acknowledges that the submitted photo is an original work created solely by the participant.
  • Entries submitted by students under the age of 18 and any photos of children under the age of 18 must possess legal parental or guardian consent to participate in the contest. Consent can be given by completing an entry form.

Photos that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered. Students may submit one photograph to one or all of the categories listed below:

1. Natural Infrastructure 3. The Change we need to see
2. The Missing Piece 4. (Bio) Diversity

How to submit photos:

Upload your entries via our photo contest entry form.

  • Enter your contact information.
  • Select the category you want to enter your photo into.
  • Enter your photo's filename and caption into the appropriate box.
  • Browse your computer to upload your photo into the appropriate category.

Alternatively, you can email your photos to Michael Gray.

Contest submission deadline is April 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Winning photos will be chosen in early May 2018.

Judging Criteria:

  • Relevancy to Category – Is the photograph an obvious illustration of the category in which it is entered?
  • Composition/Arrangement – Are the objects in the photograph arranged in a meaningful, pleasing manner? Did the photographer use the best angle or otherwise interesting perspective?
  • Focus/Sharpness – Is the object of the photograph in focus? If not, does it appear to be an intentional effect to enhance the image in some artistic way?
  • Lighting – Did the photographer use proper lighting of the subject matter? Do any extremes of darkness or brightness lend to or detract from the image content?
  • Creativity – Does the photographer show some creative thought or original idea in the making of this image?
  • Caption – Did the photographer describe the photograph in a creative, short (not more than 20 words) caption?

Judges may be from City Council, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School Board, Mayor's Environment Expo Committee or photography experts. The judges will award the first, second and third prize winners of each category as well as the top four in the competition (all categories included). There will be a ceremony on May 24, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Power Reception Hall (Calgary Municipal Building) to acknowledge the winners. Winning photos will be displayed during the Mayor's Environment Expo.


  • The Top 3 photographs overall will receive:
    • First prize: TBA
    • Second prize: TBA
    • Third prize: TBA

The photographers of the submitted entries shall allow the organizers of this contest the right to use these photographs to promote environmental awareness in Calgary communities. All or portions of the photograph will become part of The City's database, and may be adapted for other applications, production, broadcast, rebroadcast, published, exhibited, reproduced and/or distributed in various media formats.

Photo credits shall be given to the photographer who took the photograph.

For more information contact Michael Gray.​​