One way or another, cave diver Jill Heinerth was destined to win the cover vote for the July/August 2016 issue of Canadian Geographic. The recipient of the The Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s first Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration in 2013, Heinerth is one of Canada’s top women explorers (and the subject of our cover feature profile), so she made a natural choice to grace the edition’s cover. (She’s even more deserving of the cover when you hear next week’s announcement about her and the Society.)
We solicit our followers’ feedback each issue to help us choose the cover, but in an atypical approach, we presented voters with just two options of Heinerth, both variations of an underwater portrait. While there are many great images of the diver in her element, these two in particular stood out.
It was a close tally, but option one, a wider shot of Heinerth near her home in north Florida, won with 53 per cent. Voters generally commented that they preferred seeing more of the underwater environment and diving equipment, which gave a greater sense of what Heinerth does. Who are we to argue?
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