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Jess McShane Photography - 20-11 - Virtu

2021 Nepahwin Lake Watershed Photography Contest

Let the world know how you see Nepahwin for a chance to win amazing prizes from businesses within the watershed!

Contest Divisions

Phone Camera


No age restrictions. Participants may enter one image in each of the categories outlined below.
Prizes will be awarded as follows:
Grand Prize Winner (1)
Category Winners (3)
Category Runner Up (3)​​​


This one's for the youth! If you have a budding photographer age 12 or under, get them behind a lens.

Kids can submit up to three images (one per category) for a chance at some great prizes to be awarded as follows;
Kids Division Winner (1)
Kids Division Runner Up (1)

Contest Categories

Jess McShane Photography - 20-09 - Light


The Nepahwin Watershed is teeming with wildlife and diverse flora. Find the beauty in nature and capture in on camera.

Jess McShane Photography - 20-08 - Cacci


The health of our lake has taken a big hit in recent years. Invasive species (Eurasian Water-Milfoil) have spread at at alarming rate, water clarity and quality are in steep decline and blue-green algae is blooming.

Visit the Issues + Initiatives sections of this website for insight on the actions and problems that threaten Nepahwin and what we can all do to help mitigate their effects. Then grab your camera and document it all!

Jess McShane Photography - 20-07 - LU Be


We want to know how our neighbours (that's you!) take advantage of all Nepahwin and its surroundings have to offer.

Submit a photo of you, your friends or family enjoying our natural playground and let the world know why it's worth saving.

Prizes + Sponsors

Become a Sponsor!

Judges Panel

How it Works


The Open Division is open to all ages. The Kids Division is open to students born in 2007 or later. No purchase is necessary, but participants are required to join our email distribution list. (See full contest rules)


Participants may enter one submission per category by completing the form below. The contest will be open to submissions from May 1 to June 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm.


Photos must be taken between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021 from within the Nepahwin Lake Watershed. (view map)


A panel of judges will review all eligible entries and select nine (9) Open Finalists and six (6) Kids Finalists based on criteria such as photo composition, originality and how well the image and its description reflect the selected contest category.


The selected images will be shared on NLWSG's social feeds July 1 where they will be voted on by the public. Votes are submitted by commenting on the specific image and winners will be determined by a combined total from Facebook and Instagram. The voting period begins July 1 and ends Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:59pm.


The Grand Prize, Category Winners and Runner Ups will be announced on this page, NLWSG's Facebook Page and Instagram on Friday, July 9, 2021.

Enter to Win

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Mailing Address

Phone Number

Open Contest

Kids Contest

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Nature Photographer

Sponsor the  2021 Nepahwin Lake Watershed  Photography  Contest

The health of our lake has taken a big hit in recent years. Invasive species (Eurasian Water-Milfoil) have spread at at alarming rate, water clarity and quality are in steep decline and blue-green algae is blooming.


The Nepahwin Lake Watershed Stewardship Group (NLWSG) is a relatively new organization, but good work is already underway. We are on a mission to raise awareness of the issues and actions that threaten Nepahwin and foster a community that is committed to finding and implementing necessary solutions

...and we need your help.


To engage our community, grow our social media presence and drive traffic to our new, informative website, NLWSG is hosting a Photography Contest. Details of which can be viewed on our Contest Page.


We are asking businesses within the watershed to contribute to prize packages that will be awarded to a Grand Prize Winner (1), Category Winners (3), a Kids Division Winner (1) and Runner Ups (4).

Choose Your Level

Watershed Sponsor  |  $500

Exclusive Social Media Mentions with Logo Inclusion

Watershed Sponsor Status on (Sponsor Page + Contest Page)

Nepahwin Neighbours Article Feature

Professional Product Photograph of Your Donation

Lake Sponsor  |  $250

Social Media Mentions (non-exclusive)

Lake Sponsor Status on (Sponsor Page + Contest Page

Nepahwin Neighbours Article Feature

Professional Product Photograph of Your Donation

Shoreline Sponsor  |  $100

Social Media Mentions (non-exclusive)

Lake Sponsor Status on (Sponsor Page + Contest Page

Nepahwin Neighbours Article Mention

Professional Product Photograph of Your Donation


Creek Sponsor  |  $20

Social Media Mentions (non-exclusive)

Stream Sponsor Status on (Contest Page)

Professional Product Photograph of Your Donation

We ask that donations be eco-friendly and (loosely) related to the theme of water to align with our message. If they align with one of our contest categories (Nature, Nurture and Neighbours), even better!

As a sponsor, not only will you be making a positive contribution to the health of our shared region, you will be provided with brand exposure to a very niche, local group of potential clientele - from your own neighbourhood! 

If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved, please reach out to Jess to chat about the details.  |  705-626-0251 


Contest Rules


1.1       The Nepahwin Lake Watershed Photography Contest (the Contest), brought to you by the Nepahwin Lake Watershed Stewardship Group (NLWSG) is offered online at,, and is open to all Canadian residents.

1.2       Nine (9) finalists will be selected by a panel of judges on Date TBD.  Entries become the property of NLWSG and will not be returned or acknowledged.

1.4       There is no cost to enter, but participants must agree to receive email communications from NLWSG.

1.5       This contest is void outside of Canada.



2.1       Participants can submit only one photo into each of the following categories — Nature, Nurture and/or Neighbours —and provide a brief description of 250 words or less (describing subject matter or theme of photo, where & when was it taken, etc.). Digital photo requirements: a jpeg file with a resolution of not less than 300 dpi at a minimum size of 5 x 7 inches (1500 pixels x 2100 pixels, or greater). Jpeg file must not exceed 10MB. Photos not meeting these requirements may be excluded from the contest. Hard copies will not be accepted.

2.2       Submissions should not include copyright-protected material by third parties unless permission has been granted.

2.3       How to Enter:

2.3.1    NLWSG Website: Participants entering online at  may upload their photos until Date TBD.

2.4       Receipt of entries shall not be acknowledged.

  • On Date TBD), nine (9) finalist photos (three from each category) will be selected from among all entries received by an internal panel of judges. Judging will be based on criteria such as photo composition, originality and how well the submission reflects the selected contest category. Decisions of judges are final.

  • Selected images will be shared on NLWSG social feeds for a one week voting period; Dates TBD.  A positive vote will only be considered if it is clearly indicated in the comment section of the specific image.


Grand Prize (most votes in all categories):

Nature Category Winner:

Nature Category Runner Up:

Nurture Category Winner:

Nurture Category Runner Up:

Neighbour Category Winner:

Neighbour Category Runners Up:

Kids Division Winner:
Kids Division Runner Up:

The total award value for this contest is $TBD

3.2       The prizes are non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded.  The prizes are guaranteed to be awarded. By entering the contest, entrants agree to abide by these rules, and the decisions of NLWSG are final on all matters regarding this contest.  The winners will be notified by email, shortly after they have been identified as finalist/winning entries.  The winners must sign a declaration and claim form in order to claim their prize. If a prize is unclaimed the next eligible person will qualify to win it. The winners will receive their prize approximately 30 days from the date the claim form is returned to NLWSG.


By entering, the entrants warrant and represent the following with respect to their submission: (a) entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the submission and its copyright; (b) photo was taken solely by the entrant; (c) the submission will not infringe on any rights of any third parties; and (d) any third parties appearing in the submission have given their consent to having their photo be entered into the contest.

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless NLWSG, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, and sponsors, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this contest or any contest related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

By submitting an entry, entrants acknowledge and agree that all submissions may be reproduced and published (without notice or compensation) by NLWSG and/or its affiliates..

Submissions may be cut, reformatted, rearranged, combined with other materials and/or otherwise modified. Participation in the contest and acceptance of prize constitute the winner’s permission for NLWSG to use their names, photographs, biographical information, and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the contest without notice or additional compensation.

NLWSG reserves the right to refuse submissions deemed inappropriate or offensive in any way.


If for any reason NLWSG is not able to run the contest as planned, due to infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of NLWSG that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, NLWSG reserves the right to terminate or suspend the Contest. Furthermore, NLWSG can disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry or voting process.

This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram.

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