The Walrus Foundation, publishers of The Walrus magazine, have partnered with the loyalty program Aeroplan to launch an amateur travel photography contest.
According to a release from the magazine, the contest will be judged by acclaimed photographer Edward Burtynsky, The Walrus magazine's art director Brian Morgan and, through online voting, the Canadian public.
The winning photographer will receive 100,000 Aeroplan points and an invitation for two to the Walrus Foundation gala in January 2012.
"This is a great opportunity for photography fans and travelers alike to get out and snap photos of their favourite destinations, unique landscapes and off the beaten path locations or even be creative in their own city," said David Klein, Vice President, Marketing, Aeroplan. "For the last few years, through our partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario, we've been trying to raise the profile of photography with the Grange Prize. Aeroplan is thrilled to be a part of this contest and to be working with The Walrus Foundation to encourage participation in this important art form."
"The Walrus Foundation is a keen supporter of Canadian artists, both established and emerging," said The Walrus Foundation's executive director and co-publisher Shelley Ambrose. "We're delighted to be working with Aeroplan and Edward Burtynsky to showcase Canadian photographers and their unique perspectives on our world."
The contest is on now and closes May 31. Entrants must pay $25 for each entry and entries must be unpublished either in print or on the internet. "Travel photography is defined as photographic images taken during travel outside the photographer’s place (city or town) of residence," says the rules.
A shortlist of 10 photos will be selected and using a "readers choice" format, readers will be asked for vote for their favourite. The winning photo will be selected August 27 an will be featured in the January/February 2012 issue of The Walrus. More information at www.walrusmagazine.com/aeroplan