Nova Scotians to Photograph Wilderness Areas

Environment and Labour (to April 1/08)

April 11, 2005 11:35 AM

Nova Scotians' favourite wilderness areas are the subject of a
new photo contest.

The Department of Environment and Labour is launching the contest
today, April 11, to encourage Nova Scotians to explore and
embrace the province's wild places.

"We'd like to see the province's wilderness areas through the
eyes of Nova Scotians," said Environment and Labour Minister
Kerry Morash. "We'd also like Nova Scotians to be active and
enjoy the great outdoors through the network of lands we've
protected for them and for future generations."

The contest is open to Nova Scotians of all ages. No entry fee is
required. There are two categories: wilderness recreation and
wild nature.

The overall winner will receive a mounted poster of a wilderness
area, and a one-day photo expedition of a wilderness area guided
by Oliver Maass. Mr. Maass is a naturalist and photographer, as
well as one of the department's co-ordinators of protected areas.

The winner of each category will receive a mounted poster of a
wilderness area. Runners up in each category will receive sets of
unmounted posters.

All winners will be invited to post their photos on the
department's website.

The deadline for submitting photos is May 31. Winners will be
announced on Canada Parks Day, July 16. More contest details are
on the department's website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/pareas .

The launch of the photo contest is part of the province's
celebration of National Wildlife Week, April 10 to 16.

The theme of the week this year is special wild places. More
information is available on the Department of Natural Resources
website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/nww .


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotians' favourite wilderness areas are the subject of

a new photo contest.

     The Department of Environment and Labour is launching the

contest today (April 11th) to encourage people to explore and

embrace the province's wild places.

     Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash says he'd like

to see the province's wilderness areas through the eyes of Nova

Scotians.

     The overall winner will receive a mounted poster and a

guided, one-day photo expedition of a wilderness area.

     Contest details are on the department's website.

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Contact: Adèle Poirier
         Environment and Labour
         902-424-6427
         E-mail: poiriea@gov.ns.ca