Last year, Canadian Geographic, in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature, invited Canadians to compete in five categories for their second Wildlife Photography of the Year contest.
The winning snapshots, chosen from more than 6,400 submissions (up from 5,500 in 2008), were published in the magazine’s annual Wildlife issue (December 2009); included in a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of Nature; and featured on a set of five stamps. “The partnership is a perfect fit,” says Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Services at Canada Post. “It’s a great opportunity to show Canada what we’re made of.”
Seeking out the most spectacular photographs of Canada has always been a priority to Canadian Geographic, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. “Wildlife photography in particular resonates with our readers,”
The issuing of these stamps coincides with the grand reopening of the Canadian Museum of Nature. “The Canadian Museum of Nature promotes appreciation of and respect for the natural world,” says Joanne DiCosimo, President and CEO of the Museum. “We are very pleased with the popularity of this contest and proud to share these delightful wildlife photographs with Canadians through nationally travelling exhibitions. The project is very timely as we enter 2010, International Year of Biodiversity, and get ready to unveil the Museum’s renewed and splendid public education centre, the historic Victoria Memorial Museum Building in Ottawa this May 22nd, Biodiversity Day. The wildlife images in photos and on stamps are images of Canada’s rich biodiversity—it is truly a perfect partnership project!”
Title: Canadian Geographic‘s Wildlife Photography of the Year
Date of Issue: 22 May 2010
Denominations: 5 x 57¢