Step 2: How to Enter

Be sure to note that each category has its own rules and additional prizes for you to win!

Looking for inspiration or ideas to get your Contest entry started? Check out our Best Practices Resource page.

Also note that you can submit via Instagram! #gettoknowcontest

Art

Wyland

Wyland, Official Endorser of the Art Category

Do you love to draw or paint and carry a sketchbook with you? If so, this category has your name on it!

Art Prize:

In addition to all the general prizes, art winners will receive a cool assortment of art supplies & materials.

Art Entry Rules:

  • Art entries should be inspired by nature. This could be a plant, animal, landscape found in your community or in a natural area you visit during the course of the contest. Domestic pets or farm animals like dogs, cats and horses are not eligible
  • Art entries should be full colour and no bigger than 17" x 12"
  • Mailed in entries will be returned only if: they do not win and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) that fits the artwork is included with the submission. Entries are separated during the judging process. Teachers who wish to ensure all class entries are returned are reminded to submit a SASE with each entry.

Art Prize:

• Art Bags are typically a combination of paint, easels, sketch pencils, canvasses, notebooks and brushes.

Writing

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood, Official Endorser of the Writing Category

Do you love reading and getting lost in the magic of words? If this speaks to you, be sure to enter this category!

Writing Prize:

In addition to the general prizes, writing winners will receive an amazing Book Prize Package or subscription to Canadian Geographic Magazine.

Writing Entry Rules:

  • Entries must be 40 words or less (Yes, forty!)
  • Writing entries must be about nature. This can include a plant or animal found in your community or in a natural area you visit during the course of the contest. Domestic pets or farm animals like dogs, cats and horses are not eligible
  • Writing Prize:

    • Book Bags, include cool books and literature about nature and the outdoors. Magazine subscriptions are provided by Canadian Geographic.

Photography

Bruce Kirkby

Bruce Kirkby, Official Endorser of the Photography Category

Are you a shutter bug and see the world through the lens of a camera? Enter this category and show us your work!

Photography Entry Rules:

  • You must take the photo(s) yourself
  • Photography entries must be about nature. This can include a plant, animal or landscape found in your community or in a natural area you visit during the course of the contest. Domestic pets or farm animals like dogs, cats and horses are not eligible
  • Be sure to use the highest quality setting on the camera – photos must be at least 3 megapixels, and ideally 6 or higher
  • Only JPEG images are accepted (no RAW/DNG images)
  • Photos may not be altered (like Photoshop) in any way and must be taken outdoors during an experience in nature
  • Entries must be submitted online

Photography Prize:

Digital Cameras.

Videography

Les Stroud

Les Stroud, Official Endorser of the Videography Category

Are you a visual storyteller whose favourite words are "action" and "cut"? Consider this category your next project!

Video Entry Rules:

  • All entries, including any still images, music, and video clips that are part of the video, must be original
  • All entries must be either 30 seconds or 60 seconds exactly in length
  • Video entries must be about nature. This can include plants, animals or landscapes found in your community or in a natural area you visit during the course of the contest. Domestic pets or farm animals like dogs, cats and horses are not eligible
  • You are welcome to work with friends, siblings, classmates, etc. in creating a video; however, only one prize package will be awarded per team
  • All entries must be uploaded to Youtube or Schooltube and a contest entry form must be filled out

Video Prize:

• LUMIX camcorders from Panasonic.

Music

Calum Graham

Calum Graham, Official Endorser of the Music Category

Do you speak the language of rhythm, harmony and beat? Be sure to gain inspiration from nature and compose a song for submission into the brand new music category!

Music Entry Rules:

  • All entries must be original compositions
  • Entries can be entirely instrumental or include lyrics
  • If lyrics are included in the composition, all lyrics must be original and written by the entrant; a lyric sheet should be included with your contest entry form
  • You are welcome to work with friends, siblings, classmates, etc. in creating a composition; however, only one prize package will be awarded per team
  • All compositions must be under 3 minutes in length
  • Music entries should be inspired by nature. This might be a plant, animal or landscape found in your community or in a natural area you visit during the course of the contest. Domestic pets or farm animals like dogs, cats and horses are not eligible
  • Entries can be submitted through the Contest’s submission portal, YouTube or Schooltube, but an entry form must be filled out regardless of how the file is submitted

Music Prize:

• $100 Gift Cards from Long & McQuade.




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