Frequently Asked Questions – OurLand@150

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Who can enter?

Any Ontario resident between the ages of 13-25 at the time of the contest and is a non-professional photographer is eligible to enter. Please see contest rules for further details


What kind of photos can we submit?

The theme of this contest is “Nature in Ontario”, so make sure your images show off its natural beauty! That being said, get creative as you want with your photos! Edit them, mask them, combine them, go ham! It’s whatever you want to show us!

Can people be in my photo too?

The theme of this contest is Ontario’s abundant nature so, as long as that remains your focus, we’re okay with people in your photos! However, you must obtain consent from those in the photos before submitting them to us. Please see Rules & Regulations for more.

How many times can I enter?

A maximum of 5 entries per candidate is allowed. Please see contest rules for further details.

When will the winners be announced?

The top 150 finalists will be notified by September 15, 2017. The top 30 finalists will be notified by October 3, 2017 and the top 5 winners shortly after.

Please do not contact us for the contest results. If your photo becomes a finalist, we will contact you. Public announcements for the winners will be made after said winners have been notified.

How does voting work?

The 150 photos selected will be put onto an online voting platform where people can vote for their favourites once a day via a social media account. The voting period will last for approximately two weeks, starting from September 18, 2017 at 8:00 am EST to October 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.

The 30 photos with the highest number of votes will be the ones featured in the OurLand@150 gallery exhibition.

How long will the exhibition be held for and where?

The exhibition will be held from October 23rd, 2017 – October 31st, 2017 at the Arta Gallery in Toronto. Arta Gallery is located in the Distillery District at 14 Distillery Lane, Toronto ON, M5A 3C4. Please see our Exhibition and Gala page for further details.


How do I reduce my image to 1MB in size to enter the contest?

Most photo display programs on your computer, such as Photo Gallery for Windows, or Preview for Mac, have image adjustment options when viewing your photo.  Select either the ‘Edit’ or ‘Tools’ tabs in these applications and an image resize option should be available.  Reduce the dimensions, size, or crop your image if you prefer, to reduce the file size to 1 MB.