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February Frozen Bubbles

March Waterfalls



Post your best photo on your Instagram account OR FACEBOOK according to this month’s theme
"SHADOWS". (January).

Natural or your own creation

Include #contestPRAC to enter our online art contest. Photographer must be:

  • over 18 years of age
    resident of Ontario

Maximum two images per artist per theme.

At the end of the month PRAC will hold a random draw and award the photographers $50.

Decision of PRAC final.
Winners will be notified on facebook or instagram and have five days to contact us, after that date, we will hold another draw.

FACEBOOK ENTRIES, please post or share to

Please do not enter your photograph before the theme opens - we may miss it!

If you want some info on "How To Do" nightime photography, check HERE.

See Mark Cassell's recipe for Frozen Bubbles HERE.

Looking for local waterfalls?
Check out Waterfalls of Ontario HERE.

December 2021

FACEBOOK ~ Doug Burrell ~ This image was made early this Christmas season and was taken at Esplanade Park which is directly adjacent to Pickering City Hall. The rain had just stopped and I was able to take advantage of some puddles by using them as mirrors to reflect the beautiful display that the city had installed in the park.

INSTAGRAM ~ Paula Gallagher Brown ~ “Alight At Night is an annual event which takes place at Upper Canada Village on the St. Lawrence River near Morrisburg, Ontario around Christmas.  It is such a magical spot!  On this particular evening the moon was full, the ground was covered with a fresh snow and the multitude of colourful lights twinkled brightly against the white backdrop. It was like being placed into a Winter Wonderland Dream.”

November 2021

FACEBOOK ~ Congratulations to Tara Leanne from Niagara Falls.
"The photo was taken at one of my favourite spots in Orillia. The white boat house pictured  is on the property of Stephen Leacocks museum. We have a family cottage in Orillia so I have been going to this spots for years, so beautiful! ."

INSTAGRAM ~ Congratulations to Paula Gallagher Brown from Ottawa.
"The reflected fall leaf photo was taken at Petrie Island in Ottawa. It was so mesmerizing in its movement on the sparkling water. What a joy it was to photograph this leaf with its glorious colour!
Thanks to PhotoNews for sharing.

October 2021

Congratulation to Jennifer Burrows for her autumn mushroom photo Funky Fall Fungi! HERE.
"I was at my brothers cottage at Catchacoma lake for the weekend. It was was a miserable weather weekend with rain off and on. Since I wasn't able to get any landscape or wildlife images, I went foraging for mushrooms. I was lucky to find these giant mushrooms growing out of an old stump in the woods. I loved the deep rich colour of the mushrooms and their velvet like texture. And the scattering of the fall leaves with the yellow leavers acting as nature's highlights inspired me to enter it in the PRAC colours of autumn contest.

September 2021

Congratulations to Merle Gonsalvez HERE for her up close and personal mushroom photo.

August 2021

Congratulations to Todd Murrison HERE
"Under the Boardwalk" the Brant Street Pier is not exactly a boardwalk, but it sure is a great place to be! Got up early on Sunday morning and strolled down under the pier to capture the morning’s first light.

July 2021

Congratulations to Michael Lavender HERE
I see this young swan almost everyday on my walk but this was the first time it came close while i was along the beach. The family of swans swam over to where i was and i watched them as they young ones slowly dozed off for a nap. The bright warm sun made for some night lighting with this one.
It was a nice moment that i was happy to capture of this common, yet beautiful swan.

June 2021

Congratulations to Mark Cassell for his peony bud HERE
This photo of a peony just starting to open was taken with a 105mm macro lens on a very overcast day, which usually provides the best
lighting for outdoor flower photography. As a welcome bonus, it had just rained and I was able to capture water droplets on the flower
which always add a nice element to any flower photo.

Congratulations to Marianne McLinton, winner of Oshawa's Culture Counts prize for her peony HERE
A beautiful early blooming peony. It's so delicate and pretty in the afternoon sunshine. This is definitely one of my favorites.

May 2021

Congratulations to Margaret Brackley for her Alcohol Ink Painting "Australis Borealis". It was created on a ceramic tile 9x12 and mounted on panel board.

April 2021

Congratulations to Michael Lavender of Ajax winner of Signs of Spring with his wasp waiting for a blossom to open.
"Every spring my son and I look forward to searching the gardens at home for some interesting insect life. My wife found this wasp for us, and it was in such a nice spot on some of our flowers that I coudnt resist taking some macro shots of it as it. We love doing macro at home to view the insect infront of our eyes then enlarging it on the computer to get a closer look!"

March 2021

Congratulations to Pickering's Gary Myers for “Winter’s Teeth” our March Pic of the Month photographer HERE.

February 2021

Congratulations to Mark Cassell for his fabulous Frozen Bubble photograph!

Mark shared his recipe for making these:
I use the pretty standard online recipe (1/2 to 3/4 cups water, 2tbsp soap, 2tbsp corn syrup) and yes I do just use a straw (McDonald’s drink size) to blow them. The biggest challenges are avoiding wind and reflections in the bubble, and now has also become about finding new and interesting ways to create and photograph them.


Congratulations to Susana Mingram, our January Pic of the Month Digital Artist for "Weird Times"
"Weird Times" reflects people's emotions during the beginning of this pandemic; some were in panic, and some felt in despair. They all remained together, but cannot wait to be separated.
Until the lockdown is over, we shall stay home and remain in contact with our beloved friends and family, but never forget the lessons we’ve learned along the way!

Congratulations to Jackie Ferrier, our December Pic of the Month Photographer for her family photo "I wanted to create an experience inspired by still life and portrait paintings of the Golden Age in the 17th century. But my girls weren’t too thrilled with the idea of dressing up for it so I came up with the idea of doing a portrait so none of us would have to. I shot each of us separately and made the head pieces in secret and shot them individually, too. Then brought it all together in photoshop."

Congratulations to Anjalie Rampersad of Pickering our November Pic of the Month photographer for her photo of her friend's pup Jax, a sweet little Cockapoo (10-weeks- old).

Congratulations to Kelley Lenkeit, of Ajax winner of our October Pic of the Month for her beautiful photo taken around sideline 24 - between York Durham 30 and 5th Concession, Stouffville area.


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