In September 2021, PLT Canada launched its first ever photo and video contest. We were blown away by all the entries and engagement from our network. We received 583 photo submissions and 59 video submissions in the following categories: Green Jobs, General Youth Outdoors, Diverse and Indigenous Youth Outdoors, and Youth in Urban Forests. Furthermore, we set up a “popular vote” category on Instagram for the runner ups and received 813 votes and comments!
We loved seeing all the photos and videos of young adults out enjoying nature. We want to thank everyone who participated once again, and to congratulate our 17 winners!
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Grand winner: Jaime Jacques
Michael Jaime Jacques, RPF in training, stumbled upon a moose skull while reflagging cut block boundaries as a summer student for the Weyerhaeuser Grande Prairie office. Weyerhaeuser is an SFI-certified organization.
Runner up: Tory Brantner
Tory worked as a GIS analyst for Interfor (an SFI-certified organization). This photo was taken at a helicopter pad in Frederick Arm, British Columbia while performing fieldwork.
Runner up: Adam Tobin
Adam took this photo when he worked in Ontario parks. The photo features two Arrowhead Provincial Park staff doing a guided “paddle the mist” event on a beautiful August morning.
Runner up: Megan MacPhee
Working in forestry doesn’t mean working outside—some jobs are held indoors, like Megan’s summer co-op position working for Canfor’s Woodlands Information Management (WIM) team. She works with all the GIS data and analytics that come from the field staff. Megan’s job as a “WIMMER” is to produce meaning from the data, to make it useable for everyone in woodlands. Canfor is an SFI-certified organization.
Grand winner: Clara Tejeda Fortier
Photo taken at Franey Mountain’s summit.
Runner up: Sydney Perlmutar
Going ziplining through the trees and appreciating the surrounding nature is what Sydney lives for. With the lush dark green trees and the water below, the scenery was impeccable.
Runner up and popular vote winner: Léonard de la Sablonnière
Léonard captured this photo during a trip to Whistler.
Runner up: Jared Bagtas
Driving to Highway 93 shows the majestic view of Alberta!
Grand winner: Eric Shiozaki
This image features Cody Shimizu as he tops the crux pitch of their climb, located minutes away from the Town of Canmore. Cody lives and breathes the mountains. He is well known in the community for backcountry snowboarding, climbing, and mountain biking.
Runner up: Natasha Beauregard
Natasha is monitoring birds just after sunrise. The mist was lifting as they floated in the Widgeon Wildlife Area. Natasha is Métis.
Runner up: Nithursan Elamuhilan
Nithursan captured this self-portrait in Morningside Park, one of the largest green spaces in Toronto. He is sitting on a wooden bench made of fallen branches from the woods that surround the park and ravine.
Runner up: Brooklyn Gigolyk
Five youth hikers with type one diabetes pose with their insulin pumps and flash/constant glucose monitors on Nub Peak of Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.
Grand winner: Jeremi Boulanger Blais
Jeremi and his friends went on a day hike in the forest near Whistler. This train wreck from 1956 is still there to amaze everyone.
Runner up: Cassie Pellerin
Cassie was granted the incredible opportunity of working as a Creative Content Specialist for Rouge National Urban Park and Parks Canada. As the park’s photographer and videographer, she balanced her time between photographing wildlife, hiking trails, documenting restoration projects, taking photos during park events, capturing beautiful landscapes, and most importantly, spending time outdoors.
Runner up: Amanda Persaud
Watching the leaves change at Dundas Peak.
Runner up: Clara Tejeda Fortier
According to Clara, Parc naturel régional de Portneuf, Quebec, is an amazing place where history and nature meet.
Grand winner: Nicola Flint.
This is a compilation of smiles at Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP)’s Egg Lake Camp.
Runner up: Tiffany Lai
Hiking Grouse Mountain in British Columbia, with a breathtaking view of surrounding trees.
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