Two Out Of Twenty Ain't Bad

I'm so pleased to announce that I had 2 out of the 20 winning entries in the Friends of the Ontario Greenbelt Photo Contest (with over 800 submissions). The photos will be on display at the prestigious McMichael Canadian Art Collection until mid-June, after which the exhibition is expected to go on the road. One of my photos was even featured in the Toronto Star article.

March 6, 2017

Winning photos celebrate water in its many forms and iterations as the Greenbelt grows to protect urban river valleys 

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection announced the winners of the Second Greenbelt Photo Contest at a special event at McMichael. 

Selected by a jury of professional photographers and creative employees from the three participating organizations, the winning photographs captured the beauty of the lakes, rivers, and waterways of the Greenbelt. The water theme was chosen to celebrate the province’s plan to add 21 urban river valleys and 7 coastal wetlands to the Greenbelt.

The winning photographers are:

  • General Winners: Ellen Cameron (Island Lake and Mono), Julie Chan (Bruce Peninsula National Park), Jeff Dickie (Edelweiss Park), Nigel Hart (Little Dunks Bay), Hanifa Mamujee (Morning Star Mill – Decew Falls), Michael Manett (Humber River and Etobicoke Creek), Tracy Munson (The Grotto and Cyprus Lake), Bob Noble (Caledon), Vartkes Peltekoglu (Terrace Creek Falls and Grindstone Creek), Heather Petre (Fifty Point), Tom Stephens (Fifty Mile Creek)
  • Overall Winner: Shari Chambers (Bruce Peninsula National Park)
  • People’s Choice Winner: Peter Dusek (Island Lake Conservation Area)

Between October 30, 2016 and January 10, 2017 over 800 submissions were received, photographing stunning waterfalls, still lakes, rivers and streams, and people enjoying recreation and respite in the Greenbelt. All the winning photographs can be found at

"PPOC-ON is thrilled to have been a part of another successful Greenbelt photography contest and contribute to the judging and selection process," said Jean Chartrand, MPA, Chair of PPOC-ON. "The diverse winning photos showcase not only the beauty of the Greenbelt, but also the talent and artistic expression of the photographers."

“It’s such a pleasure to see the new exhibition of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation's Photo Contest at the McMichael,” said Anna Stanisz, Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs at McMichael Canadian Art Collection. “This year’s theme of urban rivers and wetlands strongly resonates with our gallery. Located on the ridge of the Humber River Valley, the McMichael’s public programming consistently acknowledges the environmental and cultural importance of the water system to our communities. Moreover, just last fall, the McMichael redeveloped a natural wetland area on the grounds in collaboration with Toronto Region Conservation Area and Humber College that will continue to be planted this spring by students and members of the community.”

“The Greenbelt protects the vital natural and agricultural resources in our region, and water is perhaps the most precious resource of all,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “These winning photos, and all 800 submissions, showcase the beauty and importance of protecting water in the Greenbelt and beyond. The Foundation congratulates the winners and thanks all the photographers for their excellent submissions.”

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About the Greenbelt:

Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, and a thriving economy with healthy local food and active outdoor recreation. At 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and secure. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at


Erica Woods
Communications Manager
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Office: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306
Mobile: (647)834-5657