This year’s competition will be open to 2021 GAC® Student Members from

October 15th, 2021 to January 5th, 2022.

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Photo entries should showcase Canada’s varied scenery from a geological perspective or illustrate significant geological features (e.g. outcrops, fossils, thin sections, minerals), or showcase a human connection to geology.

Each Student Member may submit a total of 4 photo entries. These should be sent directly to with the subject line “Student Photo Competition”. Each photo should be labelled with your last name and a location, and the body of your email should contain a short description of each photo you are submitting. If you have any identifiable people in a photo you should obtain their permission before submitting the photo, and they will be contacted to sign an official photo release form should the photo be selected.

Winners will be informed by January 31st, 2022. All judges’ decisions are final.

Winning photographs will be showcased on GAC’s website and other promotional materials.


Prizes:  1st Prize – $500; 2nd Prize – $200; 3rd Prize – $100

Prizes are provided from the Jérôme H. Remick III Endowment Trust Fund


The 2019 Winners are showcased below:

The Geological Association of Canada is proud to congratulate the winners of the 2019 GAC Student Member Photography Competition, and thank all of our Student Members who participated by sending in amazing photographs from across the country!

1st Place – Cole Narfason, University of Calgary

“Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta.”


2nd Place – Alejandro Alvarez, University of Alberta

“Aerial photograph taken near Inuvik, NWT. Picture shows a relatively small meandering tributary flowing into the Mackenzie River.”


3rd Place – Mollie Patzke, Laurentian University

“Two sedimentologists descend into a canyon to examine the Mesoproterozoic Fury and Hecla Group sandstone on northwest Baffin Island, Nunavut. A gabbro sill forms a peninsula in the distance.”


Honourable Mentions

Brie Dinsdale – Thompson Rivers University

“Tucked away on the west coast of Vancouver Island is Mystic Beach. It is found within the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and this photo features a small run-off waterfall that flows over the sheer cliff.”


Natasha Barrett – University of Alberta

“Mt. Tekarra, Jasper, Alberta. View of Mt. Tekarra from the Skyline Trail.”


Mollie Patzke – Laurentian University

“Taken August 2018, this photo shows an outcrop of a previously unmapped Mesoproterozoic sedimentary succession located on northwestern Baffin Island, Nunavut. The fluid escape structures resemble bunting.”