Entry Deadline: April 3, 2015 (11:59 pm EST) camera
Voting Online: April 10 - 30, 2015
Winner Announced: May 1, 2015

Contest open to members of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. Not a member? Join today >>

2015 Theme: Escarpment Wildlife

Hikers are often blessed by a chance encounter with a wild creature on the Bruce Trail -

a delicate dragonfly, a curious porcupine, a migrating warbler, or even an elusive black bear.

Have you had your camera ready at just the right moment?

We are looking for your striking colour images of wildlife along the Bruce Trail.

  2015 Rules & Regulations (.pdf, 179.4 KB)

Previous years:

2009 Finalists
2010 Finalists
2011 Finalists
2012 Finalists
2013 Finalists
2014 Finalists

Enter up to 3 of your images by April 3, 2015 for a chance to win.

From the entries, 10 finalists will be chosen by a panel of BTC judges. Then, the final images will go to public vote, online at brucetrail.org.

The winning image will appear on the front cover of the Summer issue of Bruce Trail Magazine. The winner will also receive a Bruce Trail gift pack and a plaque-mounted print of their magazine cover. Images from all 10 finalists will be featured inside the Summer 2015 issue.


BTC Photo Contest Rules & Regulations 2015
(.pdf, 179.4 KB)



  • Contest is open to BTC members only. Voting will be open to all visitors to brucetrail.org.

  • Submit up to three (3) images, via your BTC Member Login.

  • Photos must be taken on the Bruce Trail or one of its side trails.

  • Photos must depict one or more non-domestic creatures including:
    - mammals (other than humans)
    - birds,
    - amphibians,
    - reptiles,
    - fish,
    - insects

  • Plants, fungi, lichens and/or humans may be included, but only if the main subject is wildlife in one of the eligible categories above.

  • Fall and Winter images will be disqualified since the winning image will be on the Summer issue of the magazine. (Sorry, no ice or snow shots!)

  • Photographers must secure permission from any identifiable person in the image to use his/her likeness in the Contest and for the image to be used in promotional activities by The Bruce Trail Conservancy. (You may wish to use our Sample Model Release Form here)

  • Photos must not show inappropriate use of the Bruce Trail or unsafe or illegal behaviour.

  • Image Naming:  Photos must be carefully labelled in the following manner:  Title_Location
    (Title = any short title to describe the photo; Location = where image was taken)

  • Review Full Contest Rules & Regulations for complete details.

How to Enter

1.  Read the BTC Photo Contest Rules & Regulations 2015 (.pdf, 179.4 KB)

2.  Become a Member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy (if you are not already). 
     This contest is open to all BTC members, and only to BTC members.

3.  Create a Member Login on the BTC Website (if you haven't already)
     You'll need your member number and last name to do so.

4.  Upload photos to your member profile on the BTC website.

  • Login to your member account at http://brucetrail.org/login, or select "Member Login" at the top right hand corner of this page.

  • Once you are logged in, make sure that you have a public profile. Select "Settings" in the top right hand corner of the page. Make sure that you have selected "Give me a Public Profile" in your preferences.  Once this has been selected, click "Update Preferences".

  • Select "My Profile" in the top right hand corner of the page.

  • In your profile, select "Upload Photos".

  • Clearly label your photos when uploading them in the following format:


5.  Submit your photos to the Contest. Once you have uploaded your photos, visit the submission page to submit your favourites by April 3, 2015 (11:59 pm EST).

NOTE: Please retain a high resolution copy of your photo. The BTC website automatically reduces the size of the photo when uploading. Maximum file size that can be uploaded is 5 MB.

Uploading or Login Difficulties?
Contact BTC Membership Coordinator, Laura Tuohy at
ltuohy@brucetrail.org or 1.800.665.4453 ext. 29



A panel from the Bruce Trail Conservancy will select ten (10) finalists from eligible entries based on three criteria:

  • photographic quality (technical quality, composition);
  • depiction of the Bruce Trail and/or Niagara Escarpment; and
  • originality and creativity.

Finalists will be contacted between April 6-9, 2015.

The ten finalists will be posted on the BTC website for members and the public to pick their favorite. Voting begins April 10, 2015.

The image with the greatest number of votes in the online vote will be deemed the winner of the Contest. The winner will be announced in the Summer 2015 issue of the Bruce Trail Magazine. All 10 finalist images will appear within the Summer issue.