Submitted by Living Lakes Canada

July is Lakes Appreciation Month and lake lovers have less than two weeks to submit their lake photos to the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge before the contest ends July 31.  

Since May, Living Lakes Canada (LLC) has been inviting people across Canada to get involved in the Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge to help raise awareness around the health of Canada’s freshwater lakes. Canada is home to two million freshwater lakes, but not all of them are monitored regularly or even photographed, which makes it hard to tell how these lakes have changed over time. Photographs provide reference points that can help determine the scale at which human activity or natural occurrences are impacting these water bodies. These issues, combined with the impacts of climate change, make community-based water monitoring efforts like photo documentation even more important.

Photos can be submitted by email to [email protected], via the online submission form at or by using #LakeBlitzPhoto on social media. All photos entered in the contest are shared on LLC’s social media channels and displayed in an online gallery found at

A winner for each of the following categories will be chosen by Earth Rangers President Tovah Barocas and announced at the end of Lakes Appreciation Month: Most Biodiverse, Public Favourite and Most Impactful. There is also a Children’s Category. All winners will receive great prizes from two popular environmentally conscious companies: Kicking Horse Coffee and Lush. This Photo Challenge is made possible thanks to funding from an RBC Tech for Nature grant. 

This photo challenge is part of LLC’s inaugural National Lake Blitz program, a community-based lake monitoring initiative that provides volunteer participants from coast to coast with easy-to-use water monitoring tools to help them monitor climate change impacts on the health of their favourite lake. To learn more, to get involved, and to view the online gallery of submitted photos, visit

About Living Lakes Canada

Living Lakes Canada is a national non-profit organization based in B.C.’s Columbia Basin that is working towards the long-term protection of Canada’s fresh water with the mission to normalize water stewardship through community-based water monitoring. Visit

About the National Lake Blitz

The goal of the Lake Blitz is to get Canadians thinking about the health of their local lake and take personal responsibility over it by getting involved through simple monitoring: taking water temperature and shoreline photos. Individuals and local lake stewardship groups are invited to get involved. Visit the webpage for details and see this short video for an overview.