Photo Contest Rules – 2021

How to enter:

  1. Post your photo in nature’s bubble from the last 12 months on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  2. In your caption, tell us why nature matters to you, and what’s special about your memory
  3. Tag and follow @cpawsbc @guideoutfittersassociationofbc. Multiple entries are encouraged—up to one entry a day! 

Your profile must be public for us to see your contest entry post(s). You may submit up to one entry per day. Photos must be posted in the social account feed, stories will not be eligible to win. Contest runs October 1 – November 5, 2021 at 11:59pm PST.

It is the sole responsibility of the entrant to ensure their entry is properly submitted as described above. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society British Columbia (CPAWS-BC) and the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC) will not be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged or undeliverable entries, or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries.

Chances of winning are dependent on the number of entries received, and in some cases, the quality of submissions received. Quebec residents and individuals who are not legal Canadian residents at time of entry are not eligible to win.

The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to

CPAWS-BC and GOABC and not to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The information you provide will only be used for the administration of this Contest and in accordance with CPAWS-BC and the GOABC’s privacy policies. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are completely released of all liability by each participant (and his/her parent/legal guardian if he/she is a Minor) in this Contest. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to CPAWS-BC or GOABC and not Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Questions regarding the contest or campaign can be emailed to with “Nature’s Bubble Photo Contest” in the subject line.


These Rules and Regulations are final on all matters relating to CPAWS-BC and GOABC’s Photo Contest (the “Competition”). The contest is governed by the rules set out below. By entering the contest, you agree to abide by those rules and the decisions of CPAWS-BC and the GOABC staff.

You also agree to comply with all applicable laws. The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Eligibility – Entrants

You are not required to make any purchase or pay any fee to enter or win the contest. Entrants may not win more than one prize.

You may only enter the contest if you are an individual and, at the time of entry, you are a legal resident of Canada. If you do not meet the Canadian residency requirement, you may still post a photo but will not be eligible for any prizes. Quebec residents are not eligible to win.

Each eligible entrant aged seventeen (17) years or under must have his/her custodial parents’ or legal guardian’s consent to enter the CPAWS-BC and the GOABC Photo Contest. If a custodial parent or legal guardian does not provide the required consent, then the entry will be disqualified.

Proof of identification and parental consent must be provided upon request. If a custodial parent or legal guardian does not provide consent, or if proof of identification cannot be obtained to the satisfaction of the Sponsor, the entry will be disqualified.

CPAWS-BC and the GOABC employees and their immediate families (i.e., their spouses, siblings, children, spouses’ parents, and the spouses of any of those individuals) and their household members (related or not) are not eligible to enter the contest.

CPAWS-BC and the GOABC may at any time in its sole discretion disqualify any entrant who: does not meet the contest’s eligibility criteria, fails to comply with these rules, attempts to enter the contest in any manner or through any means other than as described in these rules, attempts to disrupt the contest or attempts to circumvent any of these rules.

Photo entries must be at least 1080 x 1080 pixels in size at original resolution. Photo entry captions must be no longer than 250 words. 

Photo entries must have been taken in the last 12 months. Photo entries must be original material and must not have been a winner in another national competition or Competition. Entries also must not have been published or accepted for publication by a national magazine or newspaper. Entries posted online on personal websites, blogs or on social media are not considered published for the purpose of this competition, and may be entered for competition consideration. Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable; cropping of photos is permitted, tonal or colour corrections are acceptable, including black and white conversion.

Photos must be of legal activities, taking into consideration safety and any laws governing parks or protected areas where photos are taken. All photos must show respect for the subject and the environment. Photos that disturb or damage the environment, animals, or plants are not permitted.


The contest prizes are as follows:

– One $500 MEC gift card, which will be awarded based on the judging criteria set out in “Judging”

– One of two $250 MEC gift cards, which will be awarded through random selection of all entrants at the end of the contest

– One of two survival kits from BMG Industries, which will be awarded through random selection. One will be given away to entrants who submit a photo between October 1 – 15th; the other will be given away to entrants who submit a photo between October 16th – November 5th. 

All entries submitted will be eligible to win any of the prizes listed above. Entrants can only win one of the prizes listed above through the contest. 


In order to be declared a contest winner and be eligible for a prize, the prize winner must have complied with, and remain in compliance with, these rules, and must sign and deliver to CPAWS-BC or the GOABC (within 7 calendar days of a request from either party) a standard declaration and release form (which will include a declaration of the finalists’ compliance with these rules, and acceptance of the prize as awarded, a publicity release, a liability release, and the correct answer to a skill-testing question) and any other documentation that CPAWS-BC and the GOABC may require. Prizes will be shipped within Canada only, or delivered digitally.

The winners will be notified through the platform they used to submit their entry (Twitter and/or Facebook and/or Instagram). If the selected winning entrants does not respond within five (5) calendar days of the first notification attempt, if a prize is returned as undeliverable or is rejected, or if a participant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may be selected.

In case of dispute as to the identity of any entrant, an entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. CPAWS-BC and the GOABC may request valid proof of identity, residency, age and other relevant documentation, and they may disqualify a selected winner if they determine (in their sole discretion) that the provided proof is not sufficient.

All prizes must be accepted as awarded (with no substitutions), and may not be sold, transferred, or converted into cash. All prizes will be delivered by way of postal delivery upon the winner accepting the prize as awarded, or delivered digitally to the winner’s email. CPAWS-BC and the GOABC are not responsible for lost or undeliverable mail.


One of the two contest winners will be selected through a series of judging criteria, with each criterion existing on a scale from 1 to 5. These include, in no particular order:

  1. Quality of photo: resolution of image
  2. Composition of photo: ability of photo to capture its subject in a clear and visually compelling manner
  3. Applicability of entry to contest theme: does the photo capture a subject in nature? Does the caption tell the viewer why nature matters, and what’s special about their memory?
  4. Imaginative and colorful storytelling in caption: ability of caption to tell a vivid story, inspire, and/or evoke emotion in the viewer

License to CPAWS-BC and the GOABC

By submitting your photo to CPAWS-BC and the GOABC’s Photo Contest, you are granting CPAWS-BC and the GOABC the unrestricted, royalty-free, perpetual right to use your photo for future educational, promotional and charitable purposes without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission.

You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit—including ownership if applicable.


Except where otherwise prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes a winner’s consent to CPAWS-BC and the GOABC’s use of the winner’s photo and name for educational, promotional and charitable purposes without further notification, permission, payment or consideration.


If for any reason CPAWS-BC and the GOABC cannot run the contest as planned (including as a result of bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, infection by computer virus or any other cause that corrupts, impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest) CPAWS-BC and the GOABC may cancel, modify, extend or suspend the contest. In that event, CPAWS-BC and the GOABC may award prizes at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment, or award no prizes. CPAWS-BC and the GOABC may also disqualify any individual who tampers with or in any way corrupts the entry process, or who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices, or by attempting to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or CPAWS-BC/GOABC representatives.

Disclaimers, Liability, and Indemnification

CPAWS-BC and the GOABC do not accept liability for any loss or damage resulting directly or indirectly from your participation in the contest.

CPAWS-BC and the GOABC are not responsible for: (1) late, incomplete, or misdirected entries, or entries received through impermissible or illegitimate channels; (2) technical failures of any kind, including without limitation the malfunctioning of any telephone, computer, network, hardware or software; (3) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any service; (4) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the contest; (5) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the contest or the processing of entries; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property, including without limitation your computer, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the contest or from downloading any material from CPAWS-BC or the GOABC websites.

CPAWS-BC and the GOABC will not be liable to you for any indirect, special, consequential, or punitive damages in connection with the contest or these rules.

By participating in this contest, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless CPAWS-BC and the GOABC and their employees, directors, officers, members, affiliates, agents, judges and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions or losses of any kind (including actual legal fees and expenses) arising from or related to: (a) your failure to comply with any of these rules; (b) any misrepresentation you make under these rules or otherwise to CPAWS-BC or the GOABC; or (c) your participation in the contest.

Personal Information

You consent to CPAWS-BC and the GOABC using and disclosing your personal information for the purposes of administering the contest; advertising the contest and any future contests and any of CPAWS-BC or the GOABC’s products and services; and for the other purposes described in these rules.


The Rules will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia, Canada and the federal laws of Canada applicable in British Columbia.


All disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the contest, prizes or these rules will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court of the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

Further Information

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(604) 685-7445