Photo Contest

Photo : © Sylvain Messier

The Mountain in Pictures 

Let your natural photographic talent shine bright! We’re looking for stunning images that capture the beauty of Mount Royal’s landscapes, focus on its flora and fauna, or zoom in on its breathtaking vistas.

2022 Edition: Celebrating the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and its continued significance, 146 years after the inauguration of Mount Royal Park

May 24th marked the 146th anniversary of Mount Royal Park. For this edition of our annual photo contest, Les Amis de la montagne invites amateur and professional photographers to focus their lenses on the natural settings created by visionary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. They are encouraged to capture living evidence that the values that guided him in creating the park's landscapes, which play a vital role in human health and collective resilience, are still relevant today. The contest categories are inspired by these values.


An eminently qualified jury has been appointed to oversee this edition of the photo contest, which also marks the bicentenary of Olmsted's birth.

  • Photographer Geoffrey James travelled across North America in the 1990s to capture Olmsted's landscape designs as part of a photographic commission awarded by the Canadian Centre for Architecture. These travels resulted in an exhibition and a contribution to a publication entitled Frederick Law Olmsted in Perspective. A selection of Geoffrey's photographs from this commission will also be presented at the Jardins de Métis exhibition entitled Olmsted 200. 
  • Pierre Fauteux is the founder and director of Umanium, a firm that showcases human heritage. Umanium produced our exhibition Les mille ​visages du mont Royal : Olmsted, le visionnaire​​, currently open to the public at Smith House. Pierre is also a photographic artist. Last year, the Jardins de Métis presented an exhibition of his photographs entitled Sur les sentiers de Robert W. Reford - Une promenade argentique.
  • Daniel Chartier, landscape architect and Omsted legacy expert, has spent most of his career working for the City of Montreal on projects to restore Mount Royal Park, in keeping with the values and vision of its designer. 


The contest is divided into seven (7) categories, including a "youth" and an Instagram category:

  • Category 1 – Caring for the Mountain: Who takes care of Mount Royal and its parks? Capture the people from all walks of life who, in one way or another, look after the mountain.
  • Category 2 – A Healing Mountain: Bring out the therapeutic nature of the mountain. Beyond offering a place to breathe fresh air and get some exercise, the mountain is a place where you can recharge your batteries through its nature and landscapes.
  • Category 3 – Access to the Mountain: Illustrate the numerous ways one can get to and explore the mountain (paths, stairs, active transportation, public transit or other) or, on the contrary, highlight the obstacles that prevent user-friendly access.
  • Category 4 – Landscapes and Buildings: Highlight the relationship between buildings and the landscape, i.e., the structures that were designed to blend into the landscape, the ones that nature is reclaiming and finally, how contrast can create harmony.
  • Category 5 – Cohabitation and Uses: Illustrate the diversity of users and how they cohabit – harmoniously or not!
  • Category 6 – Youth Perspective: Young artists under the age of 18, share your most beautiful photos that illustrate the values listed in the previous categories.
  • Instagram category: Show your inspiration and share your perception of the mountain by using #mtroyalphoto2022

Note that it will be possible to submit photographs for all categories until the close of the contest on October 31, 2022.


All winning photographs will be printed, framed and exhibited at the Mount Royal Chalet from December 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023. The photos will also be posted on Les Amis de la montagne's website and social media networks

Members of the jury will select one winner per category as well as one winner of the Grand Jury Prize. A prize will be awarded to each winner. Please refer to the contest rules for full details on the prizes.

To participate in the contest

Our photo contest is open to all photo enthusiasts! To enter, send us your photographs electronically between June 22, 2022 and October 31, 2022, by 11:30 p.m., using the form below OR by submitting them on Instagram for that specific category.

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To submit a photo to categories other than Instagram:

  • You may submit 3 photos per category, up to a maximum of 12 photos for the entire contest. 
  • Only one photo can be submitted at a time. 
  • Color, black and white, and panoramic format photographs are accepted. 
  • Each photograph must be in JPEG format and have a file size between 2 and 16 Mb, e.g.: resolution of 300 DPI for a size of 5 X 7 inches.
  • Each digital file name must include: the name of the photographer, the name of the category and the title of the photo (e.g., MarieTremblay_CAT2_Les_marmottes)
  • Photos that do not respect these conditions will not be considered.

To submit a photo via Instagram:

  • You must be an Instagram member and have a public account.
  • Post a photo of Mount Royal on your public Instagram account that you took yourself or, if applicable, for which you have obtained all rights necessary to use it in the contest.
  • Identify the participating photograph by using the tag @lemontroyal and the keyword #mtroyalphoto2022.
  • Posting your photo on Instagram will validate your entry in the contest.
  • There is a limit of one (1) photo per day.

Participation deadline: October 31, 2022, 11:30 p.m.

The award ceremony and the unveiling of the winning photos will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

To learn more about how to participate, consult the contest rules

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