Biodiversity Photo Contest

Caring for Nature: The Nex̱wlélex̱wm/Bowen Island Biodiversity Conservation Initiative

Capture the story of Bowen's biodiversity

Do you have a knack for capturing photos of our island’s incredible natural surroundings? Then we have the perfect way for you to share your talent and make a real difference to our island community!

The Bowen Island Conservancy is hosting a photo contest, and we want YOU to be part of it!
Here’s your opportunity to:

  • Showcase Bowen Island’s fascinating natural world with photos of insects, birds, mammals, lichens, trees, seaweeds, sea creatures, water and land habitats. Anything you choose. Show us what you love in Nature!
  • Help us raise awareness about the importance of caring for our island’s rich biodiversity.
  • Inspire others to appreciate and care for Bowen’s natural world.

The contest is open to all ages! Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or just starting out, there’s a category for you! (Kids, Teens, and Adults.) Submit up to three (3) entries by midnight August 16.
The most captivating photos will be chosen as winners and celebrated at Bowfest on August 24th. First, second, and third places will be selected in each category with exciting prizes. And your photos may be used in published Conservancy materials, giving credit to the photographer, of course!

nine small photos of nature by Will Husby, including birds, plants, animals and insects. Promoting the Biodiversity Photo Contest

This is more than just a contest; it’s a chance to make a difference and help tell the story of Bowen’s biodiversity. By sharing your photos, you’ll be helping us all to look more closely at the amazing diversity of life around us and to appreciate the irreplaceable natural wonders of our island.

We can’t wait to see the wonders of Nature through your lens!

Prizes: First place winers in each category get a $100 gift certificate to Tippy’s or The Bowen Pub. Second place winers receive a copy of The Beasts of Bowen Island / Nexwlélexwm, and third place winners get a copy of The Bowen Island Marine Atlas.


Biodiversity — short for biological diversity — refers to all the variety of animals, plants, fungi, and microorganisms like bacteria that make up our natural world. Each of these species and organisms work together in ecosystems, like an intricate web, to maintain balance and support life. The healthier and more diverse an ecosystem, the healthier and more resilient we humans are.

Nature Photographer's Code of Conduct

We photograph nature because we love it. And for the same reason, participants in this contest agree to:

  1. Prioritize the well-being of Nature over photography
    We never cause harm to the natural world in our pursuit of photography.
    We minimize impact to the greatest degree possible to preserve and protect these places we love.
  2. Follow 'Leave No Trace' principles
  3. Respect boundaries
    We stay out of areas in parks, sanctuaries, and all protected areas that have been closed to visitors to safeguard sensitive plants, wildlife, and habitats. We get permission to enter private property from owners.
  4. Reflect on the possible impact of our actions
    Are we trampling sensitive vegetation, or disturbing nesting areas, etc. in order to get a good wildlife photo?
  5. Consider how our behaviour affects the experience of other users of natural places.

Preparing your photos

  • File size can be up to 2MB per image.
  • Image size should be at least 1800 pixels on the longest side.
  • Please name your image files like this:  [your last name]-[first name]-[1, 2 or 3].

The photo judges

Images will be reviewed by experienced nature photographers. Photos will be judged on: creativity, biodiversity storytelling, technical excellence, and composition.

Alan WhiteheadAlan Whitehead is an avid naturalist and retired environmental scientist. He is a long-time director of the Bowen Nature Club, a founding member of the Bowen Island Conservancy, and has been volunteer warden of the Bowen Island Ecological Reserve since 1994.

Jeff MathesonJeff Matheson is a professional biologist dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable management of British Columbia’s diverse biological resources. He is a member of BIM’s Environment and Climate Action Advisory Committee and served on the board of the Bowen Island Conservancy.

Will Husby is an avid naturalist and nature photographer. He is co-chair of the Bowen Nature Club and chair of Bowen Island Municipality’s Environment and Climate Action Advisory Committee. He runs his heritage interpretation and science community consulting business from his home on Bowen Island.

Len Gilday Following many years producing, directing, and photographing documentary films about science and natural history subjects for Canadian and international broadcasters, Len now focuses his lenses on Bowen plants, animals (including humans!), and landscapes. Len is a member of the creative team behind Bowen best-seller The Marine Atlas of Nex̱wlélex̱wem/Bowen Island and the soon-to-be-published Discovering Kwilakm — a guide for exploring the human and natural history of Kwíla̓km/Deep Bay/Mannion Bay. Both books are published by the Bowen Island Conservancy.

Photos © by Will Husby

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