The World We Live In Vi | Photo Contest, 2017, Quebec City, Canada

Publish Date: Oct 26, 2016

Deadline: Nov 30, 2016

About the Contest

Photo Life and Photo Solution invite Canadian and U.S. photographers to submit their best work to The World We Live In VI with more than $45 000 offered in prizes, including a grand-prize expedition cruise!


Open to pros, amateurs and everyone in between, participants may submit their images through November 30 using a simple online interface. To enter The World We Live In, just click on the Enter here orange button above, check out the rules and regulations and proceed to your registration. You could win great prizes — including an expedition cruise to the heart of the Arctic — and get published in Canada’s #1 photography magazine!


The World We Live In 2016 Photo Contest is sponsored by 500px, Adobe Systems Canada, Adventure Canada, DayMen Canada (Datacolor, Hoya, Joby, Lowepro, PocketWizard and Slik), Gentec International (BlackRapid, Gary Fong, Manfrotto, SanDisk and Sigma), Henry’s Learning Lab, Pikto, Red Raven Marketing (B+W and Rogue), Sony of Canada and Vistek (Illumi, LEDGo, MeFoto and Tenba). The Contest is conducted by Apex Publications Inc., publisher of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines..


The Contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States, 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry, with the exception of all employees of Apex Publications Inc. and of sponsoring firms and their immediate families. All participants are eligible to win one prize per theme, including the Grand Prize.


Proceed to registration and payment using the [Not yet registered] orange button above. Once the registration and payment process has been completed, you will receive an email confirmation of payment and another email with complete login information and instructions to upload your images from a computer.

Images should be formatted in JPEG format and measure 1200 pixels on their longest side. Images larger than 1 MB will not be accepted to the Contest. Contest winners will be required to provide a high-resolution version (maximum-quality JPEG, 10 inches on the longest side at 300 dpi) of their images for publication in the magazines. Contest winners that fail to provide a high-resolution version, if required, could compromise their win.

The file names of the submitted images must not contain accents, special characters or spaces. Please place the following information in your file name: the initial of your first name, your complete family name, and the image title. (The underscore is acceptable.)
John Smith submits his photo Summer Sunset: JSmith_SummerSunset.jpeg
Amélie Hébert submits her photo Île d’Orléans: AHebert_Ile_d_Orleans.jpeg

Participants may submit any number of entries under the following themes: Humanity, The Environment and Interconnections.

Entry fees are the following:
▪ Subscriber to Photo Life and/or Photo Solution: $8 for 10 images (additional images: $8 per 10 images)
▪ Non-subscriber to Photo Life or Photo Solution: $12 for 10 images (additional images: $12 per 10 images)
Please note that US residents pay in US dollars. Mail-in entries are not accepted for the Contest.


Humanity: Each person has a story to tell. Capture images of people around you: your family, your neighbours, people you’ve encountered while travelling or even yourself. Show us some of the many facets of humanity.
The Environment: Nature and wildlife will never cease to amaze us. Show us the outstanding beauty of our living world, whether through wide landscapes or close-ups of natural elements, animals, plants or insects.
Interconnections: Humans are by nature interactive beings. Show us how we transform and create things. This can be seen in architecture, domestic pets, urban life, objects, transportation, machines, agriculture, fishing, cooking and almost anywhere you look!
Some photos may fit in more than one theme; enter your photos where you would like them to be judged.


Entries uploaded through the Contest website,, must be uploaded before 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2016.


A panel of judges will select the winning entries on December 20, 2016, in Quebec, Canada. The judges’ decision will be final.


Images will be judged according to originality, relevance to the theme, composition, lighting and technical quality.


Winning images will be announced no later than April 1, with the publication of the April/May 2017 issues of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines. Winners will be notified of their win by email within 30 days of judging. Please do not inquire about the status of your submission(s).


Winning images will be published in the April/May 2017 issues of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines, available on newsstands as of the beginning of April 2017, and may be presented on and websites.

Photographers retain copyright on any photo they submit to the Contest. Apex Publications Inc. reserves non-exclusive publication rights of winning images in its magazines (including covers) and electronic medias as well as for possible use in future promotional material of the Contest, including other types of publications and advertising material. All photos will be credited to the photographer.


Contestants must own all rights to the works submitted and are solely responsible for obtaining model releases, when applicable. As such, Contestants hold the publisher and Contest sponsors harmless from any breech of copyright in Canada, the United States and elsewhere and from consequential litigation.


Apex Publications Inc. cannot be held liable for any failure of the website during the Contest. Apex Publications Inc. is not responsible for loss, damage, technical problems or delays that may occur during digital transfer of images.


All prizes will be shipped within 90 days of Contest judging through Canada Post to the addresses provided by Contest winners on their Registration Forms and will include only those delivery guarantees provided by Canada Post. Where applicable, duty and customs fees will be the responsibility of prize recipients. Featured prize values in the prize list are suggested retail values, as provided by prize sponsors. Prizes are subject to substitution by products of equal or greater value without notice. Please note that some of the prizes are not available for all camera or lens models.


Participation in the Contest indicates complete acceptance of the above Contest Rules & Regulations.

Contest Prizes

GRAND PRIZE $18,230*

Heart of the Arctic expedition for two (July 18-30, 2017) with Adventure Canada $18,230*
Gift certificate for Photobooks by Pikto $75
One-year Awesome account with 500px $75
* Expedition value in U.S. dollars.


If you have questions about the contest, you may write us at, and we will get back to you shortly, within regular business hours. Below are some frequently asked questions and situations, along with their responses.

My image isn’t uploading. Verify which error message you are receiving. It’s possible that your file is too big. (It should weigh less than 1 MB). It could also be missing some information like the image title or the category you’d like to enter the image into. Check to make sure that the name of the file doesn’t have any accents, spaces or characters other than letters and numbers.

I don’t know how to resize my images. It’s a straightforward process that most editing software can do. Here is a step-by-step explanation to help.

I didn’t get the email with the participation instructions. First check your Spam emails to make sure it didn’t end up in there. Our emails come from a recognized and secure service, but certain email systems filter messages that come from a new source. If the email is not there, write us at, and we will resend you the message.

I can’t log into my user account. Make sure you have correctly copied the log-in details from the email with the instructions.

Do you have rules about editing photos? The short answer is no. We evaluation images based on their originality, connection to the theme, composition, and technical and exposure quality. Editing is allowed, but it should serve the image.

Is it possible to change images that I’ve already submitted? Yes, you can up until the contest closes. You may replace the images that you’ve submitted by uploading new images in their place. Log into your account and click Modify for the image you’d like to change and then upload the new file. Don’t forget to provide the new title and category for the new image.

I’d like to add more images beyond the 10 that I paid for. Until the contest closes, you can submit as many images as you’d like. Log in and click on “Add Images to My Participation.” You’ll be directed towards the payment process, and once your payment has been confirmed, you will receive a new email with participation instructions.

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