Calling all photographers: Citizens for safe groundwater launches photo contest

Farmland and water photos sought


  • Feature   Wed, Jul 28th, 2021   Yvonne Zyma
First place winner of the 2020 photo contest, Wilmot Citizens category went to this photo, called The People Who Tend the Land, by Mississauga resident Daniel Patterson. (Photo contributed)


First place winner of the 2020 photo contest, Wilmot Citizens category went to this photo, called The People Who Tend the Land, by Mississauga resident Daniel Patterson. (Photo contributed)


Wilmot Township unveiled its new corporate logo early this year, replacing the traditional coat of arms with a stylized, modern W. A curve of clear blue represents the all-important Nith River while a swath of lush green highlights this area’s strong agricultural roots, accompanied by a globe of golden sun. Citizens’ opinions on what best represents the township of Wilmot showed that we are connected to, and value our natural surroundings.
You now have a chance to creatively share your visions of Wilmot and what you love about it. Citizens for Safe Ground Water (CSGW) has launched its second photo contest. Be you an amateur or professional, the contest is open to all, with two themes that resonate with residents of the township - farmland, and water.
Last year, when CSGW held its inaugural contest, the response was impressive. Photographers, both local and from as far away as Toronto, entered close to 100 photographs depicting three Wilmot themes. The judges commented, “We have really enjoyed looking through all of the snapshots that capture the beauty of our wonderful township and community… making it incredibly difficult to decide the winning photographs this year.”
This contest will “contribute to bringing awareness to citizens, and elected officials of the vitality and productivity Wilmot represents with agriculture and the resource provided through the interconnected wetlands, rivers and underground aquifer (Waterloo Moraine)” commented Samantha Lernout, President of CSGW. “This is why CSGW decided to make (1) water and (2) farmland the two categories for photo submissions this year”.
Citizens for Safe Ground Water (CSGW) is a Wilmot based non-profit organization with a mandate that includes protecting the Region of Waterloo’s groundwater from the negative effects of industrial aggregate activity. It came into being after an application was made in 2019 by Jackson Harvest Farms to operate a gravel pit, called the Hallman pit, on Witmer Road in Wilmot Township.
With the proposed operation abutting the small community of Shingletown, residents soon realized how fragile our water supply is. About 40% of the property is considered a “recharge area” for wells that help supply the Region of Waterloo with its drinking water. “While recognizing the need for aggregate in our flourishing and developing region, we believe that the protection of our environment, farmland, and water supply in our changing climate is paramount,” reads a statement on the website.
With education and engagement being the goals of CSGW, these photo contests are encouraging people to get out and connect with the natural environment to appreciate it. But what makes a photograph a winner? If you aren’t sure what constitutes a good landscape photo, many tips and guides are available online and in print.
Your image will be better if you consider some main ingredients: good light conditions, the main subject or focal point to draw the eye, a clean background, so the picture isn’t too “busy,” and an interesting composition that uses lines, colour and patterns. Good composition can make the ordinary, extraordinary.
So come on, shutterbugs! Get out and tour Wilmot township and enjoy our water and our agricultural land, elements that make our countryside special and worth protecting. There is no limit to your number of entries. The CSGW photo contest runs until August 31, 2021 and prize winners will be determined September 10, 2021. Entries should be sent to slernout@ugcloud.ca.
Last year’s prizes were generously donated by local businesses such as Colour Paradise, Gmach Gardens, Country Gardens / Landings, Laepple Organic Farm, Chef Adam Brenner’s The Garden Stand, and Maple Tap Farm. CSGW is now accepting donations for this year’s prizes. Please contact Samantha if you would like to offer a donation: slernout@ugcloud.ca.