Nature Photo Contest & Silent Auction

Submissions for the 2014 Photo Contest will be accepted until Friday, March 7th!

The Photo Contest Contest Winners Photo Contest Guidelines Photo Contest Prizes
Photo Contest Judges Silent Auction Guest Speakers Our Sponsors

What is the SCB Nature Photo Contest?

Each year, the major fundraiser for the SCB Kingston Chapter takes the form of an environmentally themed Photo Contest and Silent Auction.

Amateur photographers from the Kingston community will display photos submitted in environmental categories such as “Landscape”, “Flora”, “Fauna” and "Nature for Youth under 12" to be judged by professional photographers and local naturalists.

The photos submitted will be placed on display for 1 week and all photos will be entered in the silent auction, the profits of which will go towards major SCB projects. Historically, the funds from this event have gone towards organizing and hosting schoolyard naturalization in residential schools, educational forums on conservation issues, and bringing speakers in to talk about the importance of conservation biology.

When/where can I submit my photos?

This year's photo contest has come to an end. Check back next year for information about the 2015 photo contest

When is the Silent Auction / When are the pictures being displayed?

Submitted photos are displayed in the Biosciences Atrium during the contest. Be sure to check out the photo display and participate in the silent auction in our 2015 contest next year!

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2014 Photo Contest Winners


1st place: Sophie Gong - Giant Swallow-tail butterfly

2nd place:John Casnig - Busy is a Bee

3rd place: Lydia Rocheleau - Harbinger


1st place: Werdah Iqbal - Infinitely Pink

2nd place: Artem Khmara - Untitled

3rd place: Laura Emleton- Nature’s Barstool


1st place: Laura Embleton - Celestial Waters

2nd place: Husein Nizami - Twilight Zone

3rd place: Sophie Gong - Forest Dawn

Best in Show

Diana Zhang- Lazy Afternoon

Congratulations to all of the winners!

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Photo Contest Guidelines


The nature photo contest categories are:

A. Nature Portrait: Flora
- photos of wild flowers, trees, shrubs, fungi, water plants, etc.

B. Nature Portrait: Fauna
- photos of wild animals, birds, fish, etc.

C. Nature Portrait: Landscape
- photos of forests, beaches, fields, mountains, deserts, etc.

D. Nature photos by Youth under 12
- photos of that fall within any of the above categories for youth ages 12 and under


There is a limit of 6 entries per person, with a maximum of 2 entries per category, and only entries by amateur photographers are acceptable. 
Entries must be 8"x10" enlargements printed on photographic paper.
There are two ways you can submit your photos:

1. Print them out and bring them in

Take the negatives, slides or digital camera files to Camera Kingston at 114 Princess St. or Bayridge LOEB Plaza to have an 8"x10" enlargement made at a special discounted price of $3.99/print.

Sign the back of each photo and print out the (pdf) submission form or include the following information on a separate sheet of paper:

    1) the photographer’s name
    2) phone number and email address
    3) a title for the photo
    4) where the photo was taken
    5) the contest category
Submit your photo(s) to the Queen’s Biology main office (116 Barrie St., room 3111) or at Camera Kingston's Princess St. location.

2. Submit your photos online

An online submission is also possible by printing the pictures online at

If you don't have one already, create an account and when printing the pictures you can use the discount code CB810. Make sure to name your pictures in the following manner:

titleofthepicture-categoryletter(A/B/C/D) (8 characters max)

Categories are A: Flora, B:Fauna,C: Landscape, D: Nature photos by Youth.

The online pictures will be printed and recovered by SCB members, and they will be automatically entered into the contest.
In addition to the online submission, you must send an email to scb(at) with the following information:
    1) the photographer’s name
    2) phone number and email address
    3) a title for the photo
    4) where the photo was taken
    5) the contest category

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS 5pm, Friday March 7th, 2014


Any photographs entered may be used by the Kingston SCB in promotional and fundraising projects (such as the silent auction, posters, slideshows or SCB nature calendars).

Photo contest submissions are entered in a silent auction to support the SCB schoolground naturalization projects, the SCB seminar series, and other conservation initiatives.

Please note that this contest is intended primarily as a showcase of natural plants, animals and landscapes. As such, photographs that feature pets (i.e. cats, dogs, horses), or domestic plants as their primary subject are not appropriate. Photos of this type may be allowed into the silent auction, but will not be accepted into the photo contest. If you are unsure of the appropriateness of a photo, please contact us before making enlargements.

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Photo Contest Prizes

The winners of the 2012 Photo contest received:

Overall winner: Robert Bateman Print

Best in Auction: 1 nest box plus 1 Extreme Birds book

A. Nature Portrait: Flora

First prize: 1 year pass to the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Second prize: $10 gift certificate to Classic Video plus 1 Queen's University Sweater

Third prize: 2 DVDs plus 1 Queen's Baseball hat

B. Nature Portrait: Fauna

First prize: Binoculars

Second prize: $10 gift certificate to Classic video plus 1 Queen's University Sweater

Third prize: $25 gift certificate to Novel Idea plus 1 Queen's Baseball hat

C. Nature Portrait: Landscape

First prize: 1 Kingston Field Naturalists Book plus a National Geographic Book plus $10 gift certificate to Classic Video

Second prize: $10 gift certificate to Classic Video plus 1 Queen's University Sweater

Third prize: Gift certificates to Camera Kingston plus 1 Queen's Baseball hat

D. Nature photos by Youth under 12

First prize: $25 gift certificate to Send in the Clowns plus balloons plus 1 Queen's baseball hat

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Photo Contest Judges

Judging will take place during the first day of the silent auction but winners will not be announced until after the public lecture on Thursday, March 13th

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Silent Auction

The silent auction is your chance to purchase beautiful photos of subjects from Nepal to Argentina to Nunavut to decorate your home, lab or office while supporting the SCB schoolground naturalization projects and seminar series.

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Guest Speakers

The guest speaker for 2015 will be announced next year!
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Our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors!

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