Great Canadian Photo Contest: December's winners

See December's finalists from Maclean’s photography contest!

At 150, Canada merits the best possible photo album, and Maclean’s wants to capture the country in all its cultural and geographic glory. For each month of 2017, we’ll ask readers to submit photos based on a particular theme. We’ll publish the winning photos in our weekly tablet edition, and online every month. At the end of the year, a gallery show will exhibit all the winning work, and we will announce the single best photo of the year. You take the photos, and we’ll provide a national frame!

For our December photo contest, we asked photographers to capture the best of fall colours. Here are the , including the readers’ choice photo, which was voted the most popular on Facebook, and the editor’s choice photo, which we at Maclean’s were most excited about.


Her name is Molly Madonna Ramsay. She was 9 months old when the photo was taken. She was visiting her grandparents in Bathurst NB. Molly’s mother asked me if I would take a picture of her in the snow. It was bitter cold outside and the sun was sinking low in the sky, but the light was superb. We bundled her up and took her out into the back yard. Her father propped her up against a tree and she just sat there and looked at us. I threw myself down on my belly in the snow to snap the picture. Unfortunately I forgot I had a second dslr camera slung across my side. It got totally covered in snow, but I swallowed my panic and snapped a few quick shots. Due to the bitter cold and the snow covered camera, we quickly returned to the house. I didn’t know what I had until I got home and reviewed the photos. Luckily, Molly turned out perfect.(A totally unbiased opinion of a very proud great aunt.)


I took this photo in the wee hours of morning at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park.
We were making our way — past pillows of snow lit warmly by lodge lights — to cross country ski around the frozen lake before a family breakfast.
There is nothing like the blue-grey light of an early winter morning in the Canadian Rockies.


The Maclean’s photo department will narrow down the submissions to 10 finalists each month. From there, one photographer will win the editor’s choice award. Another photographer will win the readers’ choice award. Readers will vote online by liking a photo on Facebook.


Each month, cash prizes will be awarded to the editor’s choice and readers’ choice winners. The winning photos will be published in the tablet edition of Maclean’s. At the end of the year, Maclean’s will exhibit all the winning photos in a gallery show and invite the photographers to attend.

How to submit
Click here for more on how to submit your photos.

Photographers, good luck—and Canada, smile!

Contest closes December 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. Open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec), over age of majority. Contest consists of 12 individual monthly entry periods. Two winners will be determined per monthly entry period, based on the application of judging criteria and a public voting process. Each prize consists of $250. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received per monthly entry period, on the application of judging criteria, and on the number of eligible votes received by each entry that is short-listed by the judges. Math question must be correctly answered to win. Details and full contest rules available at

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