Julie Vasseur kayaking around Thomas Island, PEI (Photo by NCC)

Julie Vasseur kayaking around Thomas Island, PEI (Photo by NCC)

Share your photos of PEI's “places worth protecting” in NCC contest

TELUS will donate to NCC for every photo entered

St. Peters Lake Run, PEI (Photo by NCC)

St. Peters Lake Run, PEI (Photo by NCC)

As summer turns to fall and the colours begin to change, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is inviting nature lovers to enter a national online photo contest showcasing beautiful places across the country. The contest is called “Places Worth Protecting.” For every photo Canadians share of the natural places they love, TELUS will donate five dollars to NCC to help conserve land across Canada.

Photos shared on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #PlacesWorthProtecting will be automatically added to an interactive map on the Places Worth Protecting website – now live at placesworthprotecting.ca.

“This campaign is aimed at helping people learn more about NCC’s conservation areas while also sharing their photos of the beautiful places they cherish,” said John Lounds, Nature Conservancy of Canada president and chief executive officer. “We encourage folks to take advantage of this fantastic time of year, to get out and explore the natural spaces they care about and share that inspiration with all Canadians.”

In PEI, the Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped conserve many special places, such as the Conway and Cascumpec Sandhills, forests along the Percival River and salt marshes in Egmont Bay. NCC has also been successful at protecting numerous near-shore islands, such as Holman’s Island, Boughton Island, Governor’s Island and Thomas Island in Murray Harbour.

“We hope Islanders will enter this fun contest by taking photos of NCC’s nature reserves, or of their own favourite spots in nature,” says Julie Vasseur, Nature Conservancy of Canada PEI program director. “We are grateful to TELUS for donating to NCC, which supports our conservation and stewardship work here on the Island and across the country. Right now on PEI, NCC is working to protect a beautiful forest in Howe Bay, where we plan to install nesting boxes to encourage wildlife to make their home in a safe place.”

Each photo submission will also be entered to win a prize the Essential Phone from TELUS. The contest runs until November 30.

In addition to the contest, the Places Worth Protecting website also highlights ways that Canadians can use technology to learn more about nature, such as downloadable apps that help identify species, online field journals, and live cameras that permit virtual visits to NCC conservation areas. The website also provides a closer look at how NCC uses technology to conserve land across the country, from drones to apps and communication systems, technology enables conservation.

Facts
• The winning prize is an Essential Phone from TELUS, which features a dual-camera system ideal for capturing nature.
• Places Worth Protecting is produced by NCC, in partnership with TELUS. TELUS supports many of NCC’s everyday organizational operations and technology solutions and helps staff, volunteers and visitors connect to NCC’s conservation areas.


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The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast.  The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped to conserve more than 5000 acres (2000 hectares) of ecologically-significant land on Prince Edward Island. 

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