2017 Picture Our Lakes Contest winners revealed; calendars on sale now!

SUDBURY, ON – The 2017 Picture Our Lakes Calendar is now available to the public. Winners of the contest were announced at the Winners Reception & Calendar Launch on Thursday, September 22. The reception was hosted at the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a long-time partner of the Picture Our Lakes Contest, and featured guest speaker Deputy Mayor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann.

Bruce Gates took top honours at the reception with his photograph of Windy Creek. Gates' winning image will appear on the cover of all 2017 Picture Our Lakes Calendars.

Blaine Nicholls was the recipient of the People's Choice Award, given to the photograph that receives the most votes from the public. His award-winning picture of Lake Wanapitei was chosen by jurors to represent the month of January. Vanessa Lauzon won the Youth Photography Prize with her photo of Red Deer Lake which was also selected for the month of June.

Monthly winners featured in the calendar include Aline Barnett (February), Deborah Anzinger McKay (March), Michelle 'Mouche' Jacques (April), Joanne Totten (May), David W. Hay (July), Richard Mende (August), Gary Leclair (September), Bob Blaney (October), Phil Guertin (November), and Brian Riutta (December). The Public Favourites section at the back of the calendar displays 23 additional photographs voted for by the public that were not chosen to represent a calendar month.

The Picture Our Lakes Contest was created in 2004 to raise awareness about Sudbury's 300+ lakes and freshwater resources. The calendar promotes active living and engagement with the natural world. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the contest remains an important opportunity for Sudbury's amateur and professional photographers and a viable fundraising initiative for Artists on Elgin/The Northern Artist Gallery.