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Photo contest launches for Lakes Appreciation Month

July is the month to celebrate West Kootenay lakes.
Rosebud Lake bursts with colours in the fall.

July is the month to celebrate West Kootenay lakes by entering the fourth annual biodiversity photo challenge. 

Lakes Appreciation Month offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the beauty of lakes across Canada, and raise awareness of what’s threatening their biodiversity. 

Hosted by Living Lakes Canada, photographers are encouraged to enter your lake photos for the chance to win prizes and show your love and appreciation for local lakes, whether its smaller lakes like Champion, Rosebud or Nancy Greene, or larger ones like Kootenay, Slocan and the Arrow. 

“Everyone who enters is eligible to win!” reads the release. “New this year, Living Lakes has partnered with Nikon Canada Ambassador and Kase Filters Global Ambassador, Viktoria Haack, to offer the grand prize of an online photography workshop for winners.” 

Four categories are open for submissions: Lake Landscapes (most beautiful); Lake Biodiversity (photos bursting with plants and animals); Lake Impacts (threats to lake health); and a Youth Category for young photographers aged 16 and under. 

Also new this year is a partnership with the Canadian Conservation Photographers Collective (CCPC). 

In keeping with CCPC’s commitment to ethical nature photography, the 2024 Photo Challenge asks participants to follow the Code of Ethics for Nature Photography to ensure they’re prioritizing the well-being and respect of the environment and wildlife when snapping photos. 

Submit your photos through the online submission form at, or by following Living Lakes Canada on social media and tagging Living Lakes Canada’s account in your post. 

All entries will be displayed in the 2024 online gallery. Up to one entry per day per person is permitted and the photo must have been taken in the last 12 months. 

Each week a selection will be shared on Living Lakes Canada’s social media channels. 

Photo winners will also receive age-appropriate prizes provided by gift sponsors LUSH Cosmetics and Kicking Horse Coffee. 

A total of eight winners will be announced in August with a Judges’ Favourite and a Public Favourite chosen in each category. 

To enter, visit: