Montreal, 16 July 2014—This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America.
To celebrate this milestone and to inspire engagement across the continent, the CEC launched Celebrating Our Shared Biodiversity—the North American Photo Challenge, a photo contest to inspire engagement across the continent and highlight the ecosystems, environments and species that unite all North Americans. Citizens of Canada, Mexico and the United States were asked to share their photographic vision of shared biodiversity.
The grand-prize winner of the Celebrating Our Shared Biodiversity—the North American Photo Challenge is Eric Lew, from San Francisco, California, United States.
Eric Lew works in corporate development at a software startup in San Francisco but, outside the office, nature photography is his greatest passion. This shot of a bobcat (Lynx rufus) lurking in the shadows was taken on the trail to Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California, during a less-crowded Thanksgiving weekend. As Mr. Lew notes in his submission, bobcats are skilled predators whose range extends from northern Canada to Central Mexico, across an incredible diversity of habitats, from forests, to semi-deserts, to the edges of swamps.
Eric Lew will receive:
An invitation to the 2014 CEC Council Session (www.cec.org/council2014) to be held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, 16-17 July 2014
Return airfare to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and hotel accommodations
His winning photograph, along with other finalist photographs (a total of three from each country), will be displayed in a photography exhibition at the Council Session
A half-day photo tour of Yellowknife with renowned Yellowknife historian and photographer, Bill Braden.
The eight semi-finalists are:
Carmine Sarazen of Lantana, Florida, United States
Cindy Lottes of Bristol, Quebec, Canada
Héctor Ortega Salas of Mexico City, Mexico
Jennie Williams of Nain, Nunatsiavut, Newfoundland, Canada
José de Jesús Moreno Navarro of Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Leopoldo Islas Flores of Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico
Preston Hone of Spanish Fork, Utah, United States
Sybill Wentzell of Harvey-Albert, New Brunswick, Canada
People from across the continent sent in stunning images of species, ecosystems and community projects. In all, citizens from North America submitted 132 photos to the competition. The photos were judged in a blind review by a panel of professional photographers—Dave Brosha (Canada), Octavio Aburto (Mexico) and Melissa Groo (United States). Three members of the CEC’s Joint Public Advisory Committee also contributed to the judging process—Pauline Browes, Jonathan Waterhouse and Adriana Nelly Correa Sandoval.
The CEC is pleased to have received so many entries highlighting the important role that our shared biodiversity plays in the lives of people all over North America and how we are interconnected by the ecosystems we share. The CEC would like to congratulate and thank Eric Lew for his grand-prize photo and the eight semi-finalists, and sincerely thank all who submitted photos to the contest.
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For more information on the 2014 Council Session in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, visit www.cec.org/Council2014.