Picture this: you've just met someone new, perhaps a fellow traveler abroad, or someone who’s just moved to your community, and they ask you for a recommendation of something to see or do in Canada. What do you say?

The fact is, we Canadians love to promote our country. That’s why Canadian Geographic and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada are collaborating on the Show Us Your Canada photo competition, a special initiative celebrating Canadian tourism. And, since 2018 is the official Canada-China Year of Tourism, there’s never been a better time to show off your favourite must-see spots — and discover some new ones.

We’re looking for your best shots in the following categories: 

Parks
Canada’s parks are our national treasures, and with more than 40 national parks and national park reserves to explore — not to mention countless provincial and municipal parks and trails — there’s always something new to discover. We’re looking for photos of iconic scenes and hidden gems to be enjoyed within Canadian parks.

Cities
What makes your city unique? From festivals, parades and cultural celebrations to everyday street scenes and glittering urban landscapes, we want to see the photos that best capture life in the city where you live.

Active outdoors
How do you stay active? Whether it’s hiking a mountain trail, paddling along the shore of a still lake, or cross-country skiing through fresh snow in your local park, we’re looking for photos of you, your friends and family enjoying Canada’s diverse landscapes in every season.

Indigenous Canada
The story of Canada dates back hundreds of years, and is inextricably tied to this land. We want to see your best photos of Indigenous cultural celebrations, places and spaces, and learn the stories behind them!

Youth (17 years of age and under)
There is a ton of up-and-coming photographic talent out there, and we want to be first to discover it! If you’re 17 years of age and under, submit your best photos showcasing any of the above themes to this category.

Category winners will receive VIA Rail travel vouchers worth $750, and one lucky grand prize winner will receive airfare for two to China courtesy of Air Canada. Also up for grabs are Parks Canada and Canada-China Year of Tourism swag, plus copies of the new Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, produced by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Indigenous partners.

The Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced the competition during Monday’s Canadian Geographic Challenge final in Ottawa, which also happened to be the first day of National Tourism Week. No one is better positioned to promote Canada than Canadians, she said. 

“People abroad want to see our parks, our cities and all the things they can do here through your eyes. Foreign travelers are keen to learn more about Indigenous cultures and see what our young people do here in winter, spring, summer and fall — and we want them to come here and to visit.”

Enter the competition now!