Focusing on the Oak Ridges Moraine

KING CITY, ON, 2007- Organizers of the Moraine In Focus Photo Contest are so delighted with both the quality and quantity of photographs of the Oak Ridges Moraine they received that they can’t wait to share them with the public.

“The response was phenomenal” says Debbe Crandall, executive director of Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition. “We received over 500 exceptional entries – each one depicting a unique perspective of the moraine’s magnificence. Choosing the winners will be very difficult.”

Submissions to the contest were accepted in one of four categories: land and water, plants and animals, people and communities and youth photographer. The moraine was divided into three regions for the purposes of the contest: east, central and west. In addition to the Oak Ridges Moraine wide grand prize, there will be regional winners in each category

Contest winners, as well as honourable mentions, were be displayed at gallery events across the moraine at: the King Street Art Centre in Millbrook (Wednesday, November 7th); Willow Springs Winery in Stouffville (Friday, November 9th); and Archibald’s Winery in Bowmanville (Thursday, November 22nd).

“These gallery showings gave everyone an opportunity to see for themselves what makes the moraine special – Not to mention a chance to sample some locally produced wines!” says Crandall.

The contest, which was organized jointly by the Caring for the Moraine and the Monitoring the Moraine Projects, was made possible by generous funding from the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation and the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation.

Prizes were generously donated by Envirosponsible (in Whitby); 4th Line Productions (in Millbrook); the Backyard Naturalist (in Stouffville); Clean Food Connection (in Mount Albert/Uxbridge); Mountain Equipment Co-op (in Toronto); and Aye Lighthouse B&B (in Gore’s Landing).

The winning and honorable mention images as well as an Oak Ridges Moraine screensaver can be viewed under the Explore section of this website.

Stay tuned for details about the Contest's second year in 2008!

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