We were blown away by the stunning images that captured the natural splendour of our province for the CPAWS Manitoba Fall Colours Photo Contest!
It was a lot of fun going through the hundreds of submissions by 102 people and a real struggle to pick winners from so many memorable and creative photos. But after blind rankings and much debate, we are pleased to present our three winners and some impressive honourable mentions.
There were so many great entries that showcased the province’s beauty, and we’ll continue sharing your submissions on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Keep reading to hear how the photographers captured their award-winning shots!
Top 3 Photos Selected by Our Judges
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1st Place Animal Category: Pelican at Matheson Island, by Mary Lou Milhausen
“Bird photography can be very challenging. This photo was shot up at Matheson Island. This is the second year I have gone there primarily to photograph eagles in October. There are also plenty of seagulls and pelicans to photograph as well. Matheson Island is such a great place to capture these birds. This image was part of a series taken on a Sony A7III with a Sigma 100-400 mm lens, settings 1/1000 sec, f6.3, ISO 400, 400 mm.”
1st Place General Nature Category: Spider Web in Brandon, by Tara Kurtenbach
“I really enjoy nature photography — the world is such a beautiful place. One morning, I noticed how thick the fog was, so we took a walk down by the Assiniboine River in Brandon with our dog. That is where my husband spotted the spider web. Even amongst old farmery equipment along the riverside, where I wouldn’t normally look, you can capture great photographs. I always try to practise different compositions — it can help make a photo so much more interesting!”
1st Place People in Nature Category: Wekusko Falls, by Tayler Kittle
“I wanted a photograph that portrayed the sheer beauty and raw nature of northern Manitoba, all while putting into perspective the size and might of Wekusko Falls. In doing so I found a spot next to the falls where I could stand. Normally, this rock that I stood on is fully submerged underwater, but with the water being so low this year, I seized the opportunity at hand to stand there. (I do not recommend standing near the water’s edge, as rocks are very slippery and the current of the river is very strong.) I set up my camera and tripod on a cliff across the falls from where I was standing, made my lighting adjustments, then I went back by the spot under/next to the falls to capture the photo of myself.”
Here are a few other photos that stood out to our judges.
Pembina Valley Provincial Park, by Lu Wang
FortWhyte Alive, by Margarita Andrea Mahor
Brandon, by Romel Bermudo
Screech owl, by April Stampe
La Barrière Park, by Julie Navitka
Young buck in Assiniboine Park, by Debbie Ristimaki
Photo Contest Prizes
The top three photographers received a $75 Atmosphere gift card and a CPAWS Manitoba Keep Manitoba Wild T-shirt.
Josie Brendle was selected for the random draw among all entries, and Michelle Caragos was selected for the random draw for people who also posted their entries on Instagram with the hashtag #CPAWSFallPhoto.
Here’s what they won:
- Random draw for all entries: CPAWS Manitoba Keep Manitoba Wild T-shirt
- Random draw for those who post entries on Instagram with hashtag #CPAWSFallPhoto: CPAWS Manitoba Hudson Bay long sleeve shirt
Plus, the first 25 people who entered the contest received a CPAWS Manitoba Keep Manitoba Wild sticker or magnet.
Thanks to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for more CPAWS Manitoba contests on the horizon.
Outdoor Fun with the CPAWS Manitoba Nature Club
This contest is part of the CPAWS Manitoba Nature Club, which has three main components: Outdoor Learning, Outdoor Fun (contests fall under this), and Speaker Series.
Our Nature Club is designed to help Manitobans get outside, make new friends, and learn about the wonders of nature.
Click here for the full Nature Club event listings.
This contest is possible thanks to the generous support of The Winnipeg Foundation and the Conservation Trust, a Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Initiative delivered by the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation.