Great Canadian Photo Contest: November’s winners

See November’s finalists from Maclean’s photography contest, and check out your December assignment: ‘Cozy winter’
Popular Canadian past time of dog sledding
Dog Sledding at the Algonquin Provincial Park. (Sandy Nicholson/Redux)

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 November photo contest, we asked photographers to capture the best of animals. Here are the top 10 submissions, 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.


Moving to live somewhere new is never an easy thing. Especially when it’s Thanksgiving and your family is all together in Ontario. You remember how colourful the turning of the seasons can be there. Looking for something to remind us of home, my partner and I hiked up into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in search of the deciduous conifers, known as Larch. It was a great feeling to find these trees that turn yellow and later shed their needles. It made us appreciate the unique ways in which seasons are displayed in our new home. (Boyd Cameron)


This image was taken on the Khutze Inlet. I was a part of an expedition that took a former Canadian coastguard icebreaker through this part of British Columbia!
I woke up early and took a zodiac as far up the Inlet as possible, then we walked across a field lit beautifully with fall colours until we came across this female grizzly foraging. She didn’t seem bothered by us as she continued to eat nearby for about 20 minutes as we stayed silent and watched! Then she wandered off and we headed back, awestruck. (Stephen Underhay)

Your December assignment: Cozy winter
Polar fleece, balaclava, a onesie on a two-year-old: you might conduct a northern fashion shoot, maybe set by the fire with a log, dog and eggnog. You could photograph boxes of ornaments squirreled away in an attic, or the wax dripping down a Menorah. Perhaps try framing your shot with a window–looking out at shovel-ready slush, or standing amid awful conditions looking inside, ready to hit the shutter-release before your fingers get cold.

Décembre : L’hiver au chaud
Une veste polaire, un passe-montagne, une combinaison pyjama portée par un bébé… Pourquoi ne pas faire une séance photo consacrée aux vêtements d’hiver, éclairée par exemple par un feu de bois? Vous pourriez aussi vous intéresser aux décorations de Noël entreposées dans un grenier, ou aux gouttes de cire coulant d’une menora. Servez-vous d’une fenêtre comme cadre, pour photographier de l’intérieur de la maison un banc de neige qui attend qu’on le pellette. Ou inversement, placez-vous dehors par mauvais temps, le doigt sur le déclencheur, pour observer par une fenêtre ce qui se passe en dedans, au chaud.

The next assignments will appear on on the first of each month. Readers can also find the assignments by following Maclean’s on Instagram or Twitter, or liking our Facebook page. The assignment will appear in the first tablet edition of the month, as well as in the monthly print issue.


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