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Nikon Photo Contest Winners

Browse through the winning photos from this year’s contest.

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Grand Prize Winner, Megan Lorenz

Grand Prize Winner, Megan Lorenz

“My passion is for wildlife photography and owls are definitely one of my favourite subjects,” writes Megan. “This is a Northern Saw-Whet owl in a conservation area in Winona, Ont. These owls are nocturnal, so during the day they can be found roosting in the trees trying to blend in. I loved how this one looked so fierce, considering it’s small size.”

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Everyday People: First Prize

Everyday People: First Prize

“We all find jumping off the diving board to be the highlight of swimming,” shares Kelly. “In our Hutterite Colony, swimming slots are divided up according to age and gender with the boys swimming after supper. This photo was taken in the last half hour of sunlight from water level with my camera in a homemade waterproof enclosure. I picked this shot over one where they were all simply standing because I wanted to portray the waiting and the action. It creates a story.”

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Everyday People: Second Prize

Everyday People: Second Prize

For National Aboriginal Day, the Tsawout First Nation on Vancouver Island invited the public to their celebra- tions, so Mike went to the Reserve to check it out. “A hand carved cedar canoe was blessed by the elders, like Eric Pelkey seen here, and then launched into the sea. It’s my favourite ‘people photo’ because it shows the traditional and spiritual side of our First Nations citizens!”

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Everyday People: Third Prize

Everyday People: Third Prize

While studying photography at Ryerson University, Ainsley took this photo of her roommate Camille during a headshot session for both of their portfolios. “We shot it in downtown Toronto, not far from where Camille studies dance. I like how it shows her relaxed in her everyday surroundings.”

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The Great Outdoors: First Prize

The Great Outdoors: First Prize

Ross was staying in an RV park on Buffalo Lake, Alta., in the spring. “The slides belong to the RV park and the high water of the lake had sub- merged the playground,” Ross writes. “It looks so surreal that it’s one of my favourites.”

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The Great Outdoors: Second Prize

The Great Outdoors: Second Prize

Judy hiked the Westcoast Trail-70 kilometres beginning at Bamfield, B.C.-with two friends and to get back they could take a bus or a boat. Judy and her friends opted for the boat: “We managed to get up close to a bunch of seals thanks to our capable boat driver. They are beautiful animals that many people don’t get to see and it’s amazing they could stay on the rock when the water was so rough!”

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The Great Outdoors: Third Prize

The Great Outdoors: Third Prize

“This sunrise was so beautiful, I just had to go out on my bike and take some pictures,” Susan explained. “I’m a teacher and I was on March break, but whether on vacation or going to work, I enjoy getting up early to look at the wonderful sky. This photo was taken along the Grand River in Caledonia.

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All Creatures: First Prize

All Creatures: First Prize

Hiking often with her dog near the Yukon River just outside of Whitehorse, Heather has kept an eye on this nest for more than a year. “I had the good fortune of watching last year’s two eaglets as they prepared for and eventually took their first flight,” she says. After walking by a few times and seeing the parents sitting on the eggs, Heather was finally able to snap this amazing photo. “The baby is no more than five or six days old! I believe this image captures the strength and fragility of our natural world in a beautiful and compelling moment.”

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All Creatures: Second Prize

All Creatures: Second Prize

We met this marmot near Opabin Lake in Yoho National Park, B.C.,” writes Gary. “It was early July and since Opabin is a high elevation lake, it was still frozen and the approaching trails were still snow covered. The marmot followed our hiking group, scurrying from one rock to another. We thought of it as our high country greeter, happy to see someone after a long winter.”

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All Creatures: Third Prize

All Creatures: Third Prize

“I was outside in my garden taking pictures of insects as I often do and happened upon this very small wasp,” Brendon shares. “He kept moving his head from side to side in an unusually cute manner. I just love the expression, it’s one of my favourite insect shots!”