Every Step Leaves an Imprint;

Every Image Inspires a Sensation

What Will You Inspire?

We take photos to remember the moments, the sensations we ourselves felt, and to reshare them.  With this power to share, however, comes a responsibility- people will re-create what they see.

We can create the culture we want to see- starting by being and sharing that vision.




AWARE, Whistlers environmental charity, is asking you to use your camera to make a difference – just as every step leaves a footprint, every image inspires a sensation, and you get to choose the impact you create. 

You can use your imagery to encourage cleaning up trash; preparing fresh home grown, package free food; traveling by leave no trace principles or without the help of fossil fuels; foraging with the ethics of an honorable harvest; exploring the uncharted; and inspiring others to respectfully experience nature like you do!

A picture speaks a thousand words…

Nature Needs Us to SPEAK UP

This nature photo contest is a practice in mindfulness and consideration of our constant wilderness contact and the sharing of those experiences.  When people see photos of an adorable bear outside a car window, they want to get their cars close to a bear too.  When they see a bonfire in the wilderness, they want to do that too.  When they see a pristine environment and a handful of microtrash picked up to make it that way; they want to do that too.  It is also a practice in visual story telling – how do you tell a story of stewardship through photographic composition and imagery?  How can you portray awe, compassion, and the necessity of pristine, natural environments, through a single frame?

What better way to celebrate the positive changes in our lives than through art. We have 5 categories in this contest, all demonstrating our interconnectedness with the natural world in different ways, and we are accepting photos in youth, amateur, and pro divisions.  We will take up to 10 photos from each participant over a 10 week period, so get out and have fun, be mindful, inspirational, and aware. 




Contest Categories

Photos of old growth, go out and find some!
Photos that demonstrate how Whistler Adventurers care for their environment while out exploring
Photos that show how much more there is when you stop and look closely
Photos of animals in Whistler surrounds
Photos showing the wild we find, or something else?


Winning Photos

Will be displayed in a gallery at the Maury Young Arts Center and sold for photographer profit!

Submit Photos; Protect Nature; Get your Artwork in a Gallery!!


  • Youth (16 or younger Oct 1 2022)
  • Emerging (17+, has not been paid for photography work)
  • Professional (17+, has been paid for photography)


  • Submissions will be accepted between July 15 and October 1, 2022. 
  • Up to 5 images will be accepted per participant.
  • Winning images will be on display in Maury Young Art Gallery from November 20- December 6, 2022, with the opportunity to sell for photographer profit!

Who May Enter: 

  • Any individual residing in the sea to sky corridor may enter
  • Individuals who are 16 years old or younger on October 1, 2022 may enter in the youth category.  
  • Individuals 17 or older on October 1, 2022 may submit into emerging or professional

Contest Rules:

  • Applicants must reside in the sea to sky corridor
  • By submitting an entry, each participant agrees to the rules and ethic of the competition – Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints
  • AWARE whistler has rights to all photos submitted to them for use in future projects; any photograph reproduced will include photographer credit as feasible.
  • Photos must be taken within 75km of Whistler; may be from any date.
  • No location will be advertised to encourage anonymity and security of photographed places
  • AWARE reserves the right not to accept entries with recognizable features to protect the identity of wild spaces
  • By submitting a photo, the contestant certifies that he/she is the sole creator and copyright owner of the submitted photograph.
  • Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos, If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to disqualify it. 
  • For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must be prepared to provide a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian upon request. Similarly, entrants whose photos depict other people’s work (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyrightable works) must be prepared to provide a release from the rights holder upon request. 
  • The welfare of a subject and its environment must be placed ahead of the desire to capture a photograph. Upon entering the contest, entrants certify that subjects were treated with respect and dignity, and that no people, wildlife or the environment were harmed in creating a photograph.


  • Photo entries will be judged by a panel of artists based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt, and overall impact.