2016 Theme: Focus on our Nature Reserves

The Bruce Trail Conservancy has been responsible for the preservation of 10,000 acres of Niagara Escarpment land since 1974. To celebrate this remarkable milestone reached this year, we want to showcase the beauty of our preserved land through the eyes, and camera lenses, of our members.

We invite you to explore and photograph 9 Bruce Trail Conservancy Nature Reserves - one in each Bruce Trail Club section - and submit your finest photos of them to our 2016 Photo Contest.

Entry Deadline: Sept. 19, 2016 (11:59 pm EST)

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

Voting Online: Sept. 28 - Oct. 10, 2016
Winner Announced: Oct. 11, 2016

Members have until September 19, 2016 to explore these areas as they'd like and submit up to 5 images to the 2016 Photo Contest.

From the entries, 9 finalists will be chosen by a panel of BTC judges - one winner for each Nature Reserve area. The grand prize winner will be chosen from these nine in an online public vote at brucetrail.org.


Grand Prize: $300 gift card from Henry's Camera and have his/her image featured on the back cover of the Winter 2016-17 issue of Bruce Trail Magazine.

Finalists will have their images featured inside the Winter 2016-17 issue of Bruce Trail Magazine.

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Nature Reserves for 2016 Photo Contest

Visit as many of these Bruce Trail Conservancy Nature Reserves as you'd like and don't forget your camera!

1. Thirty Mile Creek - Niagara  [Map >>]
2. Grindstone Creek area - Iroquoia  [Map >>]
3. Speyside area - Toronto [Map >>]
4. Cedar Highlands - Caledon Hills [Map >>]
5. Splitrock Narrows - Dufferin Hi-Land [Map >>]
6. Duntroon Crevice Heights - Blue Mountains [Map >>]
7. Pinnacle Rock - Beaver Valley [Map >>]
8. Fossil Glen - Sydenham [Map >>]
9. Malcolm Bluff Shores - Peninsula [Map >>]

Note: Some of the above are actually areas that contain more than one BTC Nature Reserve. Submitted photographs may be from any of the areas indicated on those maps as "BTC managed land".

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BTC Photo Contest Rules & Regulations 2016
(.pdf, 161.7 KB)



  • Contest is open to BTC members only. Voting will be open to all visitors to brucetrail.org.
  • Submit up to five (5) images, via your BTC Member Login.
  • Photos must be taken on one of the nine BTC Nature Reserves outlined above.
  • For your own safety and to protect the sensitive species on our Nature Reserves, please stay on the Bruce Trail (or one of its side trails) at all times.
  • Photos do not have to have been taken within the contest period. Older photos of these areas are eligible. Photos from any season are eligible.
  • Photos should depict landscapes or natural or cultural features of the property.
  • Photos must not depict inappropriate or unsafe behavior.
  • Review Full Contest Rules & Regulations for complete details.

How to Enter

1.  Read the BTC Photo Contest Rules & Regulations 2016

2.  Visit as many of the 9 BTC Nature Reserves above as you would like.

3.  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.

4.  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.

5.  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".

  • Upload as many photos as you like to your Profile. (You'll be able to select your chosen ones for the Contest in the next step).


6.  Submit your chosen photos to the Contest.

  • Visit the submission page to select and submit up to 5 photos to the Contest.

  • For each submitted photo, select its corresponding Nature Reserve Category.

  • Changes to your submissions can be made up until the entry deadline, Sept. 19, 2016 (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 nine (9) 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 Sept. 20-25, 2016.

The nine finalists will be posted on the BTC website for members and the public to pick their favorite. Voting begins Sept. 28, 2016.

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 Winter 2016/17 issue of the Bruce Trail Magazine. All 9 finalist images will appear within the Winter 2016/17 issue.