Sustainable Waterloo Region is pleased to announce the launch of its 3rd Annual Photo Contest! To date, our Photo Contests have been a great way to integrate the community into our Year-End Report and we are excited to do so again this year. This marks the third year where, instead of using generic stock photos in the report, we’re going with a local solution – sort of like the 100 mile diet for design. For this year’s contest we’re accepting local photographs in the categories natural environment, sustainable behaviour and design as well as cultural heritage.

This year’s photo contest also has prizes! The winning photographs selected from the 3 main submission categories will each receive a $50 gift certificate for Borealis Grillhouse and Pub. We will also be providing a prize for our two new categories: best overall photo captured by a youth under the age of 18 and under the age of 12. These two categories were created to recognize the many great submissions we receive from youth in the Waterloo Region, they are an important part of our community and we are thrilled to include and honour them in this way.

The winning entries from all 5 categories will be featured in our Year-End Report and a number of other Sustainable Waterloo Region marketing materials throughout the year. Below are the winners from last year’s photo contest:

Taylor Jackson, A Backyard Beauty (Natural Environment)


Graham Day, Shared Discovery (Sustainable Behaviour)


Brian St. Denis, Bike in Alley (Community Action)

Click here for a copy of Sustainable Waterloo Region’s 2010 Report to see how the winning photographs were featured.

If you have a story that you would like to share with your community then we encourage you to enter our 3rd Annual Photo Contest! We are currently accepting entries via email ( and more information can be found on our website here. We’ve already received a few entries and the deadline is fast approaching, so don’t miss out! Get your submissions in before January 19th 2012!