ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

The Contest

The ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest returns for the eighth year! Whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, ROM invites you to share your captivating images of the natural world for a chance to win some amazing prizes and have your photograph on display at the Museum.

Open to all residents of Ontario, read on to find out about this year’s incredible prizes and how to enter.

Contest generously supported by:
 

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Youth Category (Age 13-17)

Contest Period:
November 12, 2022 to March 12, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

How to enter:
Share your wildlife image from your unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include @ROMtoronto & #ROMwpyJR

Grand Prize:

Nikon D750 camera

  • Nikon Z30 Kit courtesy of Henry’sThe Z 30 is packed with the feature such as a front-facing screen, crisp 4K video, crystal-clear audio and worry-free autofocus.
  • One-year ROM Curator’s Circle Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.
  • The winning photograph will be displayed at the ROM

Honourable Mention Prizes (x2):

  • One-year ROM Family Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.

Download Full Youth Contest Rules (PDF)

Adult Category (Ages 18+)

Contest Period:
November 12, 2022 to March 12, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

How to enter:
Share your wildlife image from your unlocked Twitter or Instagram account and include @ROMtoronto & #ROMwpyON

Grand Prize:

Nikon D750 camera

  • Nikon Z50 Kit courtesy of Henry’sThe Z 50 takes full advantage of Nikon's larger Z-mount, providing creators of all types with the most innovative optical system for superior image and video quality. 
  • One-year ROM Curator’s Circle Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.
  • The winning photograph will be displayed at the ROM

Honourable Mention Prizes (x2):

  • One-year ROM Family Membership. Enjoy unlimited free access to exhibitions and galleries all year long, attend exclusive previews and events, Member-only discounts, plus so much more.

Download Full Adult Contest Rules (PDF)

Judges

Mark Peck | Technician, Ornithology

Mark Peck is an award-winning wildlife and nature photographer. Mark will be introducing the WPY exhibit and the role of photography in conservation while sharing his expertise throughout the community.

Mark is a technician in the ROM Department of Natural History, and is in charge of overseeing the ornithology collection. He serves as a committee member and ROM liaison for the Ontario Bird Records Committee, and as a consultant for Ontario Birds / Ontario Field Ornithologists. He is also the co-coordinator of the Ontario Nest Records Scheme and Program Director of the Toronto Ornithological Club. Mark wrote the text for the recently published: The Extraordinary Beauty of Birds, Designs Patterns and Details by Deborah Samuel.

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Vincent Luk | Co-Founder of Hello Foto Inc.

Co-Founder of Hello Foto Inc, Vincent Luk has considerable experience working with local communities and organizations in sharing their stories through different visual mediums. His award-winning photography and video work have taken him across the globe, and his photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries around Toronto.

As the Program Manager and instructor for the Fleming College Environmental Visual Communications Post-Graduate Program based at ROM. Vincent mentors future wildlife photographers and videographers who are passionate about environmental issues.

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David Coulson | Conservation Photojournalist

David Coulson is a visual storyteller based in Toronto, Canada. His work explores the complex and indivisible relationships between people and planet and has taken him around the world documenting the challenges, successes and resilience of conservation initiatives.  Through words, photography and film, David hopes to reveal our profound connections to the earth, our shared home, and the urgent need to protect it. 

David has been recognized by the Magenta Foundation as a 2019 emerging photographer. He has been featured in Beside Magazine, Canadian Wildlife, and Canadian Geographic, and has worked with organizations such as the Canadian Wildlife Federation, Ontario Nature, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and ROM. Currently, David is hoping to inspire and train the next generation of concerned storytellers as an instructor at Fleming College’s Environmental Visual Communication Program, based out of ROM.

Last Year's Winners

Raccoon in a tunnel which is covered in graffiti Tern in flight hovering in air and diving for fish

Close-up of a damselfly's faceGreat blue herring standing in water

Frog sitting inside a leaf staring forward Northern Saw-whet Owl sleeping in a pine tree

Photo credits:
Top Left: #ROMwpyON Grand Prize Winner: The Midnight Prowl © Andrew Budziak; Top Right: #ROMwpyJR Grand Prize Winner: A Tern in the Wind © Jax Nasimok; 2nd row left: Early morning while damselfly still "sleeping" © Leigh Ayres; 2nd row right: The Moment Before the Hunt © Adam Kunsken; Bottom row left: Hang In There © Megan Lorenz; Bottom row right: Northern Saw-whet Owl sleeping in pine © Lucas Liu.