Announcing the winners of the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge

People’s Favorite Winner for Most Affected People: Kyndra Jones, Middle Joffre Lake, B.C.

Submitted by Living Lakes Canada

Summer in Canada is synonymous with lake recreation. Our precious freshwater lakes provide us with a myriad of recreational activities to enjoy the warmer weather as well as the respite from the heat.

To celebrate their beauty and raise awareness of the growing impacts of climate change on the health of lakes, Living Lakes Canada invited people across the country to submit photos of their favorite lakes to the 2nd Annual Biodiversity Photo Challenge some lakes.

From May to July, nearly 300 photos were submitted capturing 160 lakes across Canada with representatives from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Nunavut and Yukon. From this incredible selection of entries, a Public Favorite winner was selected in three different categories via an online voting system that garnered a total of 800 votes.

People’s Favorite Winner for Most Biodiversity: Mitchell Brown, Blackstone Lake, ON.

Mitchell Brown won the Public Favorite for Most Biodiverse award for his stunning sunrise shot of Blackstone Lake, Ontario; Kyndra Jones won the Public Favorite for Most Impacted award for her smoky image of Middle Joffre Lake in British Columbia (“The smoky hue in the background is from the 2021 wildfires,” Kyndra explained in her submission. reminds us all that we must protect what we have.”); and Braelyn Sterling won audience favorite in the kids category for her photo of a sunset in Golden Lake, Ontario.

Three judges’ favorite winners were also selected. A Living Lakes Canada jury awarded Judges’ Favorite for Most Biodiversity to Lily Liang for her vibrant image of Western Painted Turtles at Maclean Ponds in British Columbia; and most touched to Jennifer Batiuk for her photo of Lac la Biche, Alberta, which shows the presence of toxic blue-green algae the same day the Alberta government issued an advisory.

Judges Favorite Winner for Most Affected: Jennifer Batiuk, Lac la Biche, AB

Children’s conservation organization and photo challenge partner Earth Rangers awarded the judges’ favorite in the children’s category to Daniel Marques for his photo of Deer Lake, British Columbia, which he took while on a walk with his mother.

Winners of the most biodiverse and most impacted categories will receive generous prize pools with items from Kicking Horse Coffee, DAVIDsTea and Lush.

Earth Rangers have provided a great age-appropriate prize that will be awarded to the winners of the children’s category.

Judges’ Favorite Winner in the Children’s Category: Daniel Marques, Deer Lake, B.C.

Living Lakes Canada thanks everyone who participated in this year’s challenge and contributed to an incredible overview of lakes across the country. The entire online gallery can be viewed HERE.

The Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge is the sister event of Living Lakes Canada’s National Lake Blitz program, a community-based lake monitoring initiative that provides volunteer participants from coast to coast with easy-to-use water monitoring tools. use to help them take personal responsibility for their local lake and monitor the impacts of climate change.

To learn more, to get involved next year, visit or email the Lake Blitz Coordinators at [email protected].

People’s Favorite Winner in the Children’s Category: Braelyn Sterling, Golden Lake, ON

main picture: Judges’ Favorite Award Winner for Richest Biodiversity: Lily Liang, MaClean Ponds, BC. Photos submitted

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