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Our Canada Photo Contest Winners 2011

The Our Canada community is full of talented photographers and they have wowed us once again! Thanks to all who participated, as well as to Nikon for the great prizes.
Here are the stunning winning images that were published in the December/January issue of Our Canada, as on our Flickr. We hope they inspire you to enter our next photo contest!

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Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize Winner

Sabine Cane, Tawatinaw, Alta.

“Photography became my passion around seven years ago when we bought our farm in rural Alberta,” says Sabine. “I usually have a camera with me, as you never know what
you may find. On this miserable day, in between showers, I went out to see to our horses and goats and came across this wonderful scene over one of our fields. Not only were there these strange looking clouds, but two rainbows as well!”

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All Creatures Great and Small 1st Place

All Creatures Great and Small 1st Place

Heidi Lemke, St. Albert, Alta.

“My sisters, Annette and Janine, and I took our mother, Peggy, hiking in Elk Island National Park for Mother’s Day,” shares Heidi. “Near the end of the hike, we saw this moose. She didn’t run away, which we thought was odd, but we soon noticed a baby moose nearby. The mother just stood and watched us and the baby eventually got up and went over to its mom for a drink. It was so amazing to see!”

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Everyday People 1st Place

Everyday People 1st Place

Cindy Fobes, Edmonton

“My daughter, Mandi, snapped this picture last summer of my then one-and-a-half-year old grandson, Parker, climbing up a playground slide,” says Cindy. “Mandi was trying to get Parker to look at her, but he kept looking at himself. When I saw the photo I thought, is it water? Glass? It took me a minute to realize what I was seeing. The reflection is so clear, it’s hard to tell up from down!”

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The Great Outdoors 1st Place

The Great Outdoors 1st Place

Steven Jones, Oshawa

“Oshawa is not known for its amazing landscapes, yet there is beauty here to be discovered,” writes Steven. “In summer, this spot in Lakeview Park is packed with bathers and sun worshippers, but in January, when the wind blasts off the lake, hardly a soul is present. A profound loneliness haunts the place, especially at 8:12 a.m. The dawn and the cold are not often photographed-I try to offer a peek at the unusual.”

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All Creatures Great and Small 2nd Place

All Creatures Great and Small 2nd Place

André Nguyen, Anjou, Que.

“I took this picture randomly in a dog park near my neighbourhood in Anjou, Que.,” writes André. “I went for a walk to clear my mind and had my camera with me. I usually carry my camera around, just in case there is something interesting to snap. I took a few shots of the dogs playing. Ma vie c’est photos.” (Photography is my life.)

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Everyday People 2nd Place

Everyday People 2nd Place

Samantha O’Grady, Gravenhurst, Ont.

“I used this photo for a year-end school assignment to show what kind of photography I would like to do,” shares Samantha. “I took this shot in Coldwater, Ont., of my college friend, Cristi, and her boyfriend, Nekoda. It was a really beautiful evening and the golden light was perfect! I hope to be a portrait photographer.”

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The Great Outdoors 2nd Place

The Great Outdoors 2nd Place

Allan Calhoun, Barrie, Ont.

“During our biannual trip to the East Coast to visit my parents in New Brunswick, I decided to take them on a road trip to Prince Edward Island,” says Allan. “We saw this great old house in North Cape; it’s retained its dignity despite the effects of time.”

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All Creatures Great and Small 3rd Place

All Creatures Great and Small 3rd Place

Brent Wellander, Creston, B.C.

“I saw this eastern kingbird chick sitting on a branch near Lake Newell, Alta.,” says Brent. “I knew one of its parents would eventually show up with a morning meal. I find photographing birds to be both challenging and rewarding.”

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Everyday People 3rd Place

Everyday People 3rd Place

Sarah Vander Heide, Newmarket, Ont.

“I took this photo during the Doors Open event hosted by the historical society in Aurora, Ont.,” writes Sarah. “I love old buildings and this was taken in the newly renovated Church Street School. The image itself is a reflection in the school’s original blackboard, which has been preserved in Plexiglas and displays the names of some of Canada’s town and cities. I used a long exposure to create a ghost-like image of my daughter, Charly.”

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The Great Outdoors 3rd Place

The Great Outdoors 3rd Place

Stanley Wong, Richmond Hill, Ont.

“I must say, Nova Scotia is one of the most idyllic, charming, peaceful and beautiful places that can be found in Canada,” says Stanley. “I was there with family for a summer vacation and found the scenery to be exceptionally beautiful-I couldn’t stop taking pictures! This photo was snapped at Indian Harbour while we were taking a walk along the waterfront.”