One lucky Londoner could take home a brand-new Canon DSLR camera as part of a community photo contest organized by the City.
Announced Monday, the “Show Off Your NeighbourGood” photo contest, which runs from now until Oct. 10, asks Londoners to take a photo of something great about their neighbourhood and send it in with a chance to win one of three prizes.
The contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers, and is part of an ongoing engagement initiative by city staff who are in the process of forming a new London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy to span 2017 to 2020.
As part of the initiative, the City has been conducting an online survey over the summer seeking input from Londoners on a variety of topics related to neighbourhood activities and decision-making. In all, about 3,000 people have completed the survey, said Ryan Craven, Community Developer with the City of London.
“Our goal was to get 100 surveys filled out in every neighbourhood, and we’ve more or less reached that, and this is sort of the second phase of the engagement,” Craven said.
“The idea came in part when we were trying to think of different ways to engage the community, and we thought ‘what about a photo contest?’”
Submitted photos will be posted to public galleries on the City’s Facebook page and contest website, and will be judged in October by a four-person panel made up of professional photographers Dave Stanford and Mike Maloney, Sylvia Chodas of Forest City Image Centre, a contest sponsor, and Shawn Adamsson of the Urban League of London.
Prizes up for grabs include a Canon EOS Rebel T5 Camera Kit with camera bag and memory card, a Panasonic Lumix TS5 waterproof camera, and a pair of Pentax 8×21 binoculars.
“We’re hoping we get hundreds of photos, and by the looks of today that is definitely possible,” Craven said. “Judging is going to happen after all the photos are done. In the last week, we are going to open up the voting online so there’s going to be a people’s choice award, so Londoners are welcome to go online and vote at the gallery in the last week of the contest.”
The city says winners will be announced at an event in the fall.
Details about the contest can be found here.