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A Week in the Life of Stanley Park – Photography Contest

Photo by Don Enright

Photo by Don Enright

The 2013 photo contest is now closed and we thank everybody who participated.


Click here to view the galleries of submitted images, including the winning entries.

As one of the key initiatives to mark 25 years of conservation, environmental stewardship and education in Stanley Park as well as the 125th anniversary of the Park itself, SPES is hosting a photo contest from April 6 through 14, 2013.

Running over the course of an entire week including two weekends, we invite amateur and professional photographers alike to get out their cameras and and get snapping to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.

The submitted images must be captured during the contest time frame, April 6-14, 2013. Please make sure you read our Photo Contest Rules and Regulations, which also explains which forms need to accompany submissions.

Photo categories

There are three main categories, and a single category strictly for youth contributions (under age 19):

  • Nature – native wildlife, birds, insects, trees and wildflowers. 
  • Places – from buildings to wildlife habitats and scenic landscapes, convey a sense of Stanley Park.
  • People – individuals of any age engaging with Stanley Park, capturing character and spirit.
  • Youth – any of the above themes.
  • Bald eagle by Michael Schmidt

    Bald eagle by Michael Schmidt

How to enter

The contest is open to anyone and participation is free; submit your digital photos captured during the contest time frame to any or all of the contest categories. Winning photos will be selected in all four categories (first and second places).

The contest will open on April 6 and ends on April 14, and the winners will be notified via email by April 24, 2013. Images and entry forms should be submitted via our website between April 6 and 14 at 11:59 pm or dropped off at the Stanley Park Nature House (open weekends, 10 am – 4 pm) or the SPES office during business hours. Please make sure you read our Photo Contest Rules and Regulations.

All photographers must also sign and submit a photographer consent form, and if relevant, a model release consent form, before the deadline, which can be downloaded in the Links and Resources section below. The signed forms need to be emailed separately to, faxed to 604-257-8378 or dropped off at the Nature House or SPES’ office.

Click here to access the online submission form.


The contest judges are Vancouver-based wildlife photographer, National Geographic Explorer and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Paul Colangelo, Juno-award winning artist Ben Worcester of Said the Whale, and entrepreneur and award-winning blogger (Miss 604) Rebecca Bollwitt.

The judging panel will select the winners based on predetermined judging criteria: relevance to the contest, composition, creativity, technical quality and overall impression.

Prizes and sponsors

The contest prizes include hotel accommodation and restaurant certificates. Thanks to our generous sponsors:

The Vancouver Courier is a media sponsor.

Submitted images will be showcased on SPES’ website, and the winning entries will be published in the Vancouver Courier and displayed at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon. The top 13 images may also be featured in a special edition 2014 calendar that SPES will sell to raise funds for its conservation and education projects in Stanley Park.

All images may be used in the future with the photographers’ credit by SPES’ to help achieve our mandate: to promote awareness of and respect for the natural world and play a leadership role in the stewardship of Stanley Park through collaborative initiatives in education, research and conservation.

Links and Resources


Email us at or call 604-718-6523.