Over the last few years, ArcticNet has maintained a collection of photographs highlighting the spectacular beauty of the polar regions, and featuring the scientific research, landscapes, wildlife, and northern communities. With a growing collection of stunning images, the ArcticNet’s Polar Photography gallery is now a resource for educational, media and other research programs. It is committed to communicating Arctic and Antarctic knowledge to a diverse international audience and to preserving a legacy of iconic and accessible imagery for future generations. 

Photos from the gallery have been featured in prominent national and international print and electronic media publications, including The Gazette Ottawa Life, Globe and Mail, UpHere, Above & Beyond, Canadian Geographic, Time Magazine, GEO Magazine, Washington Post, Le Monde and Al Jazeera. 

The ASM2019 Photo Contest is a fantastic opportunity for Arctic researchers, students, partners and collaborators to share their dynamic and eye-catching photos of the circum-Arctic, its peoples, communities, landscapes, wildlife and research activities. $1500 CAD in cash prizes will be awarded. 

In addition to conducting high level Arctic research, ArcticNet researchers, students, managers and partners have been remarkably successful in sharing their scientific adventures to understand the impacts of Arctic climate change with the general public and other stakeholders. The stunning photos collected as part of ArcticNet related activities are an essential element of our outreach efforts.

In recent years, ArcticNet photos have been featured in dozens of prominent national (Gazette, Ottawa Life, Globe and Mail, UpHere, Above & Beyond, Canadian Geographic) and international (Time Magazine, GEO Magazine, Washington Post, Le Monde, Al Jazeera) print and electronic media publications. Our photos have also illustrated numerous policy relevant documents (Canada's Northern Strategy, Canadian Polar Commission reports, AANDC reports).

Internally, ArcticNet photos are used to visually enhance ArcticNet's communication material such as the Annual Report, display booths and public presentations.

ArcticNet’s annual photo contest is an opportunity to share your dynamic and eye-catching photos of the Canadian Arctic, its people, communities, landscapes, wildlife and research activities. Over $1000 in cash prizes are awarded at ArcticNet's annual scientific meeting in December.

We would like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 ArcticNet Photo Contest.


Artistic Merit

First Place: $500

Aile d'oiseau - Ella Guscelli

Ella Guscelli

Aile d'oiseau


First Place: $250

Field Camp Site - Hilary Sadowsky

Hilary Sadowsky

Field Camp Site

People and Communities

First Place: $250

Greenlandic dog shed - Wilson Cheung

Wilson Cheung

Greenlandic dog shed

Plants and Wildlife

First Place: $250

Puffins of Lofoten - Lorenzo Ragazzi

Lorenzo Ragazzi

Puffins of Lofoten

Research Activities

First Place: $250

Wing chord measurement of a Peregrine Falcon - Alexandre Paiement

Alexandre Paiement

Wing chord measurement of a Peregrine Falcon



  • The Photo Contest is open to all members of the international Arctic research community and their collaborators;
  • Entrants must be willing to sign the Photographer-ArcticNet agreement form;
  • Contestants must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Professional photographers and employees of the ArcticNet Administrative Centre are not eligible.



  • Contestants must be the proprietors of their submissions;
  • We will accept up to five (5) photos per contestant. Photos must be submitted in one of the following categories:
    • Peoples and Communities
    • Landscapes
    • Plants and Wildlife
    • Research Activities

please specify the category for each photo submitted.

  • Submissions must consist of your highest resolution digital photos in .JPG or .TIFF format;
  • File names must include the contestant’s first and last name (e.g., firstname_lastname1.jpg);
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a separate descriptive caption of each photo, including the location, date taken and name of any person appearing in the photograph;
  • All entries must be accompanied by a signed Photographer-ArcticNet agreement form;
  • Any entry that depicts a recognizable person must be accompanied by a Model release form.
  • Photos and applicable forms must be submitted by email to Claude Levesque (claude.levesque@arcticnet.ulaval.ca).



Photos must be submitted before Friday, October 25, 2019.



Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and other criteria. The judging panel will be composed of two ArcticNet employees and at least one independent professional photographer.



  • Best Photo- Artistic merit and originality (All categories): 500$
  • Best Photo- People and Communities: 250$
  • Best Photo- Landscape: 250$
  • Best Photo- Plants and Wildlife: 250$
  • Best Photo- Research Activities: 250$