Photo of the North American Continent

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Enter the North American Photo Challenge to win a trip to Canada’s beautiful and majestic North

To celebrate 20 years of environmental cooperation and our shared biodiversity, the CEC is hosting a continent-wide photo competition.

Montreal, 10 April 2014—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America wants your photographic vision of our shared biodiversity.

In 2014, the CEC will celebrate 20 years of successful environmental partnerships in North America. To mark this milestone in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the CEC is hosting a photo contest with the theme: Celebrating Our Shared Biodiversity—The North American Photo Challenge!

Use your camera to help us promote the North American environment and showcase the multitude of shared biodiversity stories across this vast and great continent—species and ecosystems that transcend borders, the crucial importance of biodiversity for healthy communities, the international partnerships forged in the name of biodiversity, migratory birds and other wildlife species that traverse the continent on their biannual migrations, and more! Our shared biodiversity is a reminder of the important collaborative role that Canada, Mexico, and the United States play in conserving North America’s environment.

Photos will be judged in a blind review by a panel of professional photographers. The winner of the grand prize will receive:

  • An exclusive invitation to the 2014 CEC Council Session to be held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, 16-17 July 2014
  • Return airfare to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and a three-night hotel stay
  • Participation, along with other finalists (three from each country), in a photography exhibit at the Council Session

For contest rules and to download the mandatory entry form, please visit <www.cec.org/sharedbiodiversity>. Enter by midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, on 23 May 2014. The winner will be announced on 17 June 2014.

Celebrating Our Shared Biodiversity—The North American Photo Challenge is officially underway—be sure to enter and spread the word to others!

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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