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Special Moments Photo Contest: Phase 1 Winner and Best Of

With almost 4,000 photos entered, selecting one winner was quite the challenge. Following are a few of our favourites, but it’s Richard Main of Thunder Bay, Ont., who wins the contest’s bragging rights-and a $500 prize pack from Hallmark. See these photos published in the June/July issue.

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Winner: Bubble Chaser

Winner: Bubble Chaser

WINNER OF PHASE 1!

Richard Main, Thunder Bay, Ont.

“Two-year-old Zander had a blast chasing bubbles at his Aunt Jennifer’s wedding,” says proud grandfather, Richard. “It was one of those times when we could all share in the excitement of a little boy’s quest to capture a bubble.”

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Doggie Guitar Lover

Doggie Guitar Lover

Gina Fiander, Bridgewater, N.S.

“This is a photo of my dad, Clarence, getting big wet kisses from my dog, Ellie,” says Gina. “This is usually how she reacts to seeing him-I was just lucky enough to get a snap-shot of it this time!”

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Who Me?

Who Me?

Isabelle Marozzo, Norland, Ont.

“As I was taking this shot, the grasshopper moved a bit closer, made eye contact and posed-it was an amazing, special moment as I felt that, on some level, he was trying to communicate with me.”

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Mud-puddle Jumpers

Mud-puddle Jumpers

Stéphanie Nantel, Rosemère, Que.

This joyful shot of Stéphanie’s daughters, Florence Emmanuelle and Sarah-Eve Parent, stomping through puddles in their backyard seems to make a splash with everyone who
views it.

After an informal office survey, this adorable shot was deemed staff favourite!

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Tricycle Trauma

Tricycle Trauma

Terri Corbett, Valhalla Centre, Alta.

Terri writes, “Two-year old Braeden was some sad in the spring when his tricycle was stuck in the ice. As ‘Mom of the Year,’ I chose to take a picture of his sad state-my camera was with me, to my credit-and then attend to his distress.”

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Follow the Guide

Follow the Guide

Mary Hindle, Ottawa

“This photo was taken at the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, which is part of the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa,” explains Mary. “The backyard garden there is a great place to watch the birds.”

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More Favourites

More Favourites

To see a few more of our favourites from the first phase of the contest, here is a video slideshow!