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Posted: July 22, 2023

Online voting begins August 1 for lake photo challenge 

Lakes Appreciation Month each July is a great opportunity to reflect on all that lakes provide us including freshwater, biodiversity, recreational activities, food, and endless beauty and inspiration. As this month comes to a close, so does Living Lakes Canada’s third annual Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge.

This photo challenge celebrates the beauty of lakes across Canada and raises awareness around what’s threatening their incredible biodiversity. Hundreds of entries have poured in from coast to coast — almost 500 impactful photos now fill the online gallery, breaking last year’s record of 245 entries. If you haven’t submitted a photo yet, you have until July 31st to enter the challenge.

Looking for another way to get involved in the challenge? Starting August 1, you can help choose a Public Favourite in each category. Visit the 2023 online gallery and follow the instructions to cast your votes! Online voting will run all month long until August 30.

The Public Favourites will be announced in early September along with the Judges’ Favourites selected by a judging panel made up of Living Lakes Canada team members and prize sponsors. All the winners will receive generous prize packs courtesy of our partners: Lush Cosmetics, Kicking Horse Coffee, Teadore Co, Earth Rangers, Laykhaus and Float-Eh.

The Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge is the sister event to the National Lake Blitz, a cross-Canada citizen science program. For the 2023 Lake Blitz, 442 volunteers signed up to monitor 273 lakes in 9 provinces and 1 territory. Participants were mailed easy-to-use kits and instructions to monitor their chosen lake twice a month from May to September. To find out if a lake near you is being monitored, visit the interactive Lake Observation Map and type your hometown or nearest lake into the search bar.

To learn more and to get involved in 2024, visit or email [email protected].

The Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge and National Lake Blitz are made possible thanks to generous funding from the RBC Tech for Nature grant.

Lead image: Kootenay Lake, Kaslo, BC – 2023 Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge. Madeline Tribble photo

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