First Light Image Festival 2020 Photo Contest!

  By Ryley Smith

Joy – Carmen Kuptana, Tuktoyaktuk, NT

The First Light Image Festival may be cancelled, but in our amazing, digital era, we can happily say that the FLIF 2020 Photo Contest, is still a-go! With some amazingly epic prizes, this contest is super easy to apply to and is open to everyone. The deadline, April 27th, is fast approaching, so get ready to submit your work! 

Desperate Crossing – Atsushi Sugimoto, Whitehorse, YT

The theme for the FLIF 2020 Photo Contest is Capture First Light, with creative consideration and interpretation encouraged! The top three winners of both the Open Category and the Youth Category will receive a sweet prize, with the Grand Prize being seriously EPIC! 

Approach – Zach Baranowski, Stouffville, ON

Open Category Grand Prize Package:

  • Round Trip-trip travel certificate for one from: Whitehorse to Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Edmonton, or Calgary courtesy of Air North
  • Nikon Z50 Mirrorless Body
  • Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm f4.5-6.3 Zoom Lens
  • Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f4.5-6.3 Telephoto Lens
  • PhotoRebpublik Carbon Fibre Rundle Tripod w/ Ball Head courtesy of The Camera Store
  • gift card (Value $100)
  • Yukon Built T-shirt
  • Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer Jacket courtesy of Coast Mountain Sports.

Jurassic – Matt Meisenheimer, Janesvill, WI

Youth Category Grand Prize Package:

  • Panasonic Lumix G85 Kit
  • PhotoRebpublik Carbon Fiber Rundle Tripods w/ Ball Head courtesy of The Camera Store
  • gift card (Value $100)
  • Yukon Built T-shirt

Chasing Dreams – Emman Manguba, Calgary AB

The entry process is super easy! 

  1. Fill out an entry form
  2. Upload your images
    • Open Category (18+)
      • $10 for a single image, or $30 for up to 5 images
    • Youth Category (17 and younger)
      • FREE (up to 3 images)
  3. Add each of your photo’s description (each image must be accompanied by a 140 max character description of how the image fits the theme)

The deadline to submit your work is April 27th at Midnight PST.

Click here for the full list of rules and to start submitting your work!

Waiting for the first School bus – Andrey Skofenko, Whitehorse, YT


Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.