Insect Photo Competition for Canada’s 150th Anniversary and Nature London’s 153rd

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Common Milkweed

Nature London would like to honour Canada’s establishment 150 years ago, on July 1st 1867, and also recognize our founding as the London Branch of the Entomological Society of Canada on July 1st 1864. To mark these events, we are asking members to submit insect photographs for Nature London’s photography database.

To add an element of competition, a Selection Committee will choose which of the submitted pictures are printed in colour on the front cover, the back cover or in the centre fold of the Spring 2018 issue of The Cardinal. To avoid conflict of interest, members of the Selection Committee cannot include their own pictures in this competition. The prize for this competition is solely bragging rights, that your picture has been printed in the Spring 2018 Cardinal.

To add some natural history and Canadian heritage value, by allowing comparison with insects collected or described by the Entomological Society members in 1864, the insects must be photographed in Canada, between July 1 2017 and December 31 2017.

To limit the workload of the Selection Committee, we are asking each photographer to choose three (3) of their photographs for the competition. The Cardinal Editorial Committee welcomes any number of insect photographs – from 2017 or from any year – that can be added to Nature London’s photography database and used, with full credit, in future issues of The Cardinal, but for this friendly competition we are asking that the photographer choose which three photographs taken between July 1 2017 and December 31 2017 should be considered.

Photographs should be submitted to the dedicated email address:, on or after July 1st 2017. The email should also include the following “who, what, where, when” details:

  1. Photographer’s name,
  2. Description, either insect identification, e.g. Tiger Beetle, or a simple description of the insect, e.g. shiny emerald-green bug,
  3. Location of the insect, e.g. Sandy trail at Strathroy Conservation Area, and
  4. Date of the photograph.

Images should be submitted in JPEG format. The image resolution and quality should be sufficient to allow for good reproduction, both in print and on the Nature London web site.

Additional information can be found in the Summer 2017 issue of the Cardinal.