Photo Competition

Community relocations are part of the story of what has and continues to shape Canada as a country. As part of our educational project on relocations in Canada, we wanted to know: what does home mean to you?

Here are the winners of our photo competition:

First: Sara Kempner

“This is a self-portrait I took while visiting my parents at the property I grew up on, and it is an homage to my childhood. We were fortunate to have the beach as our playground as kids and I truly believed that this place shaped me into the person I am today. Being creative and adventurous outside as a child translated into a lifelong love of the outdoors, which is now reflected in my overall lifestyle as well as my photography. I will be forever grateful for this beach and all it taught me.”

Second: Michael Winsor

“Living on the east coast of Newfoundland provides the most magical visitor every spring, icebergs. The east coast of Newfoundland is known as Iceberg alley and growing up here has always made residents feel special. Icebergs are one of the reasons why Newfoundlanders do not relocate to mainland Canada for work. Instead we struggle with the local economy in order to live in a place that is wide open, beautiful and home.”

Third: Laurence Stassen

“A dog embodies the joy and love that are integral to a healthy home. In this picture my dog, Joji, displays her unbridled passion for the simple act of retrieving a ball. In her canine mind, there are no cares about finances, job stress, or a pandemic. When the chase is over she will love each member of our family with the same sort of unmitigated enthusiasm. Her simple approach to living among us helps us all to keep our own lives in a healthy perspective.”


Rules & Regulations

1. General

HOME, the Re:location Photo Competition (“the Competition”) is governed by these Rules and Regulations. By entering the Competition, you agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations.

2. Sponsor

The sponsor (“Competition Sponsor”) is Canadian Geographic Enterprises (50 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1M 2K1).

3. Entry period

The entry period for the Competition starts at 10:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on March 18, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on September 30, 2020.

4. Eligibility

The Competition is open to residents of Canada. The following persons are not eligible to enter the Competition or win a Prize: employees, officers, directors or representatives of the Competition Sponsor or any of the Competition Sponsor’s subsidiaries, affiliates, and agencies; competition judges; and the parents, siblings, children, and persons domiciled with such individuals as listed above.

Entrants are not eligible to win more than one Prize.

5. Photographic Entries

Photographic entries must be original material and must not have been a winner in any other national competition. Entries must be accompanied by a detailed description (minimum 50 words) explaining where the image was taken, the subject of the image and why/how the image expresses the concept of home for the photographer. Entries may have been taken in any time period and anywhere in the world as long as they are the photographer’s own work and are accompanied by a detailed explanatory caption as outlined above.

All entries are intended for the general public. Entrants are fully responsible for the photographs they submit. The Competition Sponsor will not accept photographic entries or captions that are offensive and reserves the right to disqualify, in their sole discretion, any photographic entries that contain, for example, racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic or pornographic content.

Photographic entries must not have been published or accepted for publication by a national magazine or newspaper. Photographic entries that have been previously published online on, for example, personal websites, blogs or social media, are not considered published for the purpose of this Competition. Judges will require the publication history of all photos being considered in the final stages of judging and reserve the right to disqualify photos based on their publication history.

All entries must be submitted electronically as .jpg files through the website of the Competition. Digital reproductions of prints or slides are acceptable.

6. Publication

Winners’ names and photographs may be published in an issue of Canadian Geographic magazine and will appear at

Canadian Geographic Enterprises and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society reserve the non-exclusive right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in promotional material during or after the Competition without further compensation to the entrants. For Canadian Geographic Enterprises and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, promotional material shall include without limitation any print or electronic advertising or marketing material such as posters, online images, newspaper ads, television ads, e-mails and social media content.

Waiver forms/model releases are the responsibility of the entrant and must be available in the event the photo is selected as a winning photograph.

7. Copyright

Photographic entries must not infringe upon or violate any laws or any third party rights, including, but not limited to copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and must not constitute material that would be considered libeling, defamatory, or a privacy violation.

Entrants must obtain all necessary permissions, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and other approvals from third parties (including but not limited to all copyright holders and all individuals appearing in the story submission), necessary to use the photographic entry, in whole or in part, in any way, including to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast the photographic entry worldwide, by any means, without limitation. Any and all such permissions, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and approvals must be included.

The owner of a photographic entry retains ownership over the photograph’s copyright. Each entrant (and his/her/their parent or guardian) irrevocably and in perpetuity grants the Competition Sponsor a world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and licence to use, copy, adapt, transmit, communicate, publicly display and perform, distribute and create compilations and derivative works or merchandise from the photographic entity to promote the Competition Sponsor.

Each entrant (and his/her/their parent or guardian) represents and warrants that he/she/they have the right to grant the licence set out above.

8. Selection of Winners

All winners will be selected on the basis of skill as determined by a panel of Competition judges. This Competition is based on photography skills alone and not subject to random draw or any other element of chance. The winners of the prizes will be chosen and evaluated based on the following judging criteria: composition, content/originality, technical quality and visual impact.

The winners will be notified by email or telephone by 5 p.m. ET on October 16, 2020.

All prizes will be delivered to the winners by mail. All decisions of the Competition judges are final.

9. Chances of Winning

The chances of winning a Prize will depend on the number of eligible photographs received and the evaluation of the photographs by the panel of judges.

10. Technical

The Competition Sponsor is excluded from all liability for any personal injury, loss or damage of whatever kind (including loss of data) cause directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from uploading photographic entries and material to the Competition website. The Competition Sponsor is not responsible for any failure of the Competition website during the Competition, problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any e-mail, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from uploading any photographic entry to the Competition.

11. Cancellation

The Competition Sponsor reserves the right, with the consent of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, to terminate or suspend the Competition or to amend these Rules and Regulations at any time and in any way, without prior notice, for any reason whatsoever. Without limiting the foregoing, if for any reason the Competition is not capable of running or being completed, as originally planned (for example, as a result of tampering or infection by a computer virus) the Competition Sponsor reserves the right, with the consent of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, to cancel the Competition.

12. Disqualification

The Competition Sponsor, in their sole discretion, may disqualify any individual who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition by tampering with any website mechanism, or who violates these Rules and Regulations.

13. Prizes

The prizes consist of one (1) grand prize, one (1) runner-up and one (1) honourable mention (the “Prizes”). Winners will receive no compensation, credit or prizing other than as disclosed in these Rules or otherwise provided at the sole discretion of the Competition Sponsor. Prizes are not transferable; no prize substitutions or equivalents are permitted, except by the Competition Sponsor at their sole discretion. In all cases, the Competition Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any of the Prizes.

Grand prize (1 total)

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 cash, a copy of Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, and a one-year subscription to the magazine.

Total prize value: $1,130

Runner-up (1 total)

The runner-up will receive $750 cash, a copy of Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, and a one-year subscription to the magazine.

Total prize value: $880

Honourable mention (1 total)

The honourable mention will receive $250 cash, a copy of Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, and a one-year subscription to the magazine

Total prize value: $380

Prize value is an estimate; actual retail value will vary depending on where the prize is shipped.

All prizes must be accepted as awarded and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion, combined with any other promotion, or exchanged for a different prize. Allow six to eight weeks for delivery of Prizes.

To be declared a winner, the selected entrant must sign and return a declaration and release form confirming eligibility and compliance with these Rules and Regulations, consenting to the use, without further compensation, of his/her/their name, address (city and province or territory of residence), photograph and caption text in any Competition-related publicity and releasing the Competition Sponsor, their directors, officers, employees and their respective agents, affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, and assigns from all liability arising in connection with the Competition or the acceptance, use or redemption of a Prize as awarded. The declaration and release must be returned to the Competition Sponsor within seven (7) days after receipt. Entrants who fail or are unable to meet any of these Rules and Regulations may be disqualified and alternate winner(s) will be selected.

14. Limitation of Liability

By entering and participating in this Competition, each entrant agrees to hold harmless the Competition Sponsor, their directors, officers, employees, agents, affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, and assigns from any liability for damage, injury, death, loss, cancellation or other liability arising from the entrants acceptance or use of a Prize or substituted prize or having participated in this Competition including, without limitation, claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, travel-related injuries and/or death, or from the misuse or malfunction of a Prize or substitute prize. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, whatsoever and howsoever arising, by participation in this Competition or use or redemption of any Prize.

The Competition Sponsor, their directors, officers, employees, agents, parents, subsidiaries, and assigns assume no liability for losses incurred as a result of a cancellation of the Competition or for any reason whatsoever or through the acts or defaults of any company or person providing a Prize or for events occurring after the award of a Prize. All such losses or expenses will be borne by each individual Prize winner. The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, and local laws and may be void where prohibited by the law of the entrant’s place of residence. Decisions of the Competition Sponsor regarding all aspects of the Competition are final.

15. Disputes

By participating in the Competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Rules and Regulations. In the event of any dispute as to whether a person is an entrant, a potential winner or a winner, or as to the qualification of any entrant, potential winner or winner to, or the adequacy of any prize or any substitute prize, the decision of the Competition Sponsor will be final.

For Residents of Quebec Only: any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity Competition may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any such litigation respecting the awarding of a prize to any resident of the Province of Québec may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.

16. Privacy

The Competition Sponsor respects every entrant’s right to Privacy. By entering this Competition, each entrant is deemed to automatically have provided his/her/their consent that personal information collected from entrants will only be used by the Competition Sponsor or their affiliates to administer the Competition and to publish the winning photographs. Neither the Competition Sponsor nor their affiliates will share personal information relating to entrants with any third parties, except as necessary for the administration of the Competition or as may be required by law. Any conflict or discrepancy between the foregoing provisions of this Rule 17 and any applicable laws or regulations of Canada, or the provinces or territories of Canada, with respect to privacy, shall be resolved in favour of such applicable laws or regulations. The Competition Sponsor will not attempt to contact the entrant for any purpose other than as may be required by law unless they have opted-in to receive relevant communications from the Competition Sponsor.

If you have any questions about Canadian Geographic’s use of your personal information, please contact Canadian Geographic’s Privacy Officer by e-mail at or by mail at:

Canadian Geographic
Privacy Officer
50 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1M 2K1

17. Interpretation of these Rules

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Rules and Regulations, or the respective rights and obligations of the prize claimants and the Competition Sponsor in connection with the Competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with (i) the laws of the Province of Québec and the laws of Canada applicable therein with respect to the residents of the Province of Québec, and (ii) the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein with respect to residents of the other Canadian provinces and territories, without regard to conflicts of law principles. Any attempt by a participant or any other individual to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition could be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Competition Sponsor reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.