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The 2016 contest is now closed. Thanks to all participants! The winners for each age category will be announced in early June. Stay tuned!

This year’s theme: Cultures within us and around us.

Snap a photo that exbreakdancer_TCEplores the cultural traditions in your family, school, or community. Tell us your image’s story in a short caption (200 words max). Think about your favourite food, a treasured object, a family photo album, buildings in your neighbourhood, local festivals, or even just look in the mirror– what stories of cultural heritage are told by these people, places and things?

 

Photo credit: Nestor Baltodano/flickr cc.

 

Think about the following:

  • How do we express culture in our daily lives here in Canada?
  • Have you shared in someone else’s culture or traditions? Tell us about that experience.
  • Is there an immigration story in your family, amongst your friends, or in your community that you can share?
  • Canada has been a place where different cultures have come together for hundreds of years. Is there a historical cultural moment you can share?
  • Why should we try to learn about cultures different than our own? How can it help us fight racism and discrimination? Is there an example you can share from your community?

Quebec Carnival 2013

Photo credit: Jamie in Bytown/flickr cc.

 

Please see our Rules and Regulations.

What do we accept?

  • Original photography accompanied by a 200-word caption (max.) in English or French 
  • For elementary students (Kindergarten to Grade 6), we accept poster or photo submissions.

Please note: if you submit a photograph, you must have obtained parental/guardian permission from anyone under 18 who appears in your photograph. It is important to get permission from anyone who appears in your photography submission, as these photos may be shared on the Passages Canada and/or Historica Canada websites or on Twitter or Facebook. See the full Rules and Regulations for more details.

We do not accept submissions by mail or fax. Submit your entry online, or by email, at passages@historicacanada.ca

What’s the deadline?

Contest entries will be accepted online from December 3, 2015 at 12:00:01 AM (ET) to March 31, 2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Time).

OPTIONAL:  To be considered for the bonus Audience Choice Award, submit your work by March 10, 2016. Audience Choice winners will be determined by public vote beginning March 31, 2016. See below for more details.

Who can enter?

Elementary groups (Grades K to 6):

  • Send us your individual or collaborative photos or posters. Posters can be created in any style (i.e. illustrations, collages, graffiti board of words/images, a flag, etc).

Intermediate students (Grades 7 to 9, sec. I to III in QC):

  • We accept individual photos. (Photo essays are not accepted at this time.) Maximum one (1) photograph per entry. You may enter multiple times.

Senior students (Grades 10 to 12, sec. IV to V in QC)

  • We accept individual photos. (Photo essays are not accepted at this time.) Maximum one (1) photograph per entry. You may enter multiple times.

Young Adults (ages 18 to 29, non-students and students alike)

  • We accept individual photos. (Photo essays are not accepted at this time.) Maximum one (1) photograph per entry. You may enter multiple times.

What can I win?

  1st prize 2nd prize 3rd prize
Elementary Category
$500 gift card for school supplies $200 gift card for school supplies $100 gift card for school supplies
Intermediate Category
iPad Mini $200 gift card to Henry’s Camera Shop $100 gift card to Chapters
Senior Category
iPad Mini $200 gift card to Henry’s Camera Shop $100 gift card to Chapters
Young Adult Category
$1000 cash prize $200 gift card to Henry’s Camera Shop $100 gift card to Chapters

 

The Audience Choice Prize for intermediate, Senior and Young Adult categories is a GoPro camera!

How will the winners be chosen?

  • A jury of artists, photographers, and experts in Canadian culture will determine the winners.
  • A bonus Audience Choice Award will run from March 10, 2016 to March 31, 2016. See below for more details.

Bonus: Audience Choice Award!

The Audience Choice Award will be determined by a public vote online. New Deadline!! All entries received by March 10, 2016, are eligible for the vote. When you submit your piece, you will be asked to confirm that you would like your entry to be included in the public vote.

Public voting opens on March 10, 2016 at 12:01PM and closes on March 31, 2016 at 12:01 PM. Anyone can vote by clicking on their favourite piece. Votes are limited to one (1) vote per person per day. The Audience Choice prize is a GoPro camera!

*The Audience Choice Award is only open to Intermediate, Senior and Young Adult entrants.