NBMCA’s CAO Chitra Gowda and Vice Chair Shelley Belanger (back row, at left)  and Contest Judge Mike de Morée (far right) congratulate winners of NBMCA’s 50th Anniversary Watershed Wonders Photo Contest.  Front row:  Kaye Edmonds, Natalie Seidler.   Back row Kevin Lalonde, Megan Johnson, Chris Chartrand and Ken Sitter.

(NORTH BAY – February 22, 2023)   Winners of the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority’s (NBMCA) 50th Anniversary Watershed Wonders Photo Contest were recognized by the NBMCA Board Members at its Feb. 22 meeting.

“To see these photographs, they tell the story of why conservation authorities, together with our municipal and community partners, need to continue the work we do as watershed managers so that our water remains healthy for generations to come,” said NBMCA Vice Chair Shelley Belanger.

First place overall was captured by Kevin Lalonde.  Winners of the six categories include Kaye Edmonds (Landscape and Water Categories), Kevin Lalonde (People in Nature), Megan Johnson (Sustainable Structures), Ken Sitter (Wildlife), and Natalie Seidler (Youth).  Honourable mentions went to Chris Chartrand and Kaye Edmonds.

“The photographers have captured the serenity, beauty and meaningful relationship between people and the natural landscape within our watersheds,” said CAO Chitra Gowda.

Each winner has received a prize kindly donated by a local business. Prizes have been donated from Aurora Light Sculpture, Photo Metro, Alex’s Crafts, Blendz Smoothie Shop, Josie Morin Art, Permafrost and Cottage Country Natural Soaps.

Local award-winning photographer Michael de Morée assisted with the selection of the winning photographs.

To celebrate the photographers and their photo(s), a Watershed Wonders Photo Exhibition will take place in 2023. The exhibition will be held in the Tower at the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority office (15 Janey Avenue) upon completion of the Tower reconstruction. 

The winning photographs can be seen on the nbmca.ca website at http://www.nbmca.ca/community-outreach-events/watershed-wonders-photo-contest/


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