Brilliant auroras on a night when the forecast called for cloud. The patient gaze of a bighorn sheep as you round a bend in a mountain trail. A perfectly-timed lightning bolt. These are the moments photographers live for, the ones that get them out of bed before dawn, keep them out long past sunset, and compel them to drive and hike hundreds of kilometres every year in search of the perfect shot.
And while the unexpected and serendipitous seemed to be a unifying theme among the images favoured this year by our judges — Can Geo creative director Javier Frutos, photographer-in-residence Michelle Valberg, and Ottawa-based travel and lifestyle photographer Julia Weber — the five winning photos are also a testament to the skill and determination of the photographers.
We are once again proud to present the winners of our Annual Photo Competition. View the runners-up and honourable mentions on the competition page.
Winner: Canadian Landscapes
Winner: Flora and Fauna
Winner: Urban Canada
Winner: Active Outdoors
Winner: Wild Weather