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Maple150 photo contest winner

imageContest-winning photo, by Bonnie Sitter, of autumn scene of the bright red Sugar Maples along Bannockburn Line, north of Mill Road near Varna.

Exeter’s Bonnie Sitter wins Maple150 photo contest on Canada’s 150th Anniversary Year

Winning photographer to receive free Autumn Blaze Maple tree for winning contest; she has chosen to donate it for planting at Jessica’s House hospice

More than 20 people entered Ausable Bayfield Conservation’s Maple150 photo contest to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary Year in 2017. A judging panel selected a short list of the top photos and the Board of Directors of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) reviewed the short-listed photos and chose a photo by Bonnie Sitter, of Exeter, as the winning entry. The photo is an autumn scene of the bright red Sugar Maples along Bannockburn Line, north of Mill Road near Varna.
“We were moved by all the beautiful photos and stories that people shared showing majestic and storied Maple trees in our local watershed communities. We heard of the importance of Maple trees in the lives of citizens,” said Kate Monk, ABCA’s Manager of Stewardship, Land and Education. “The photos were all great but the winning photo was a stand-out and it is visually stunning, capturing the eye with its bold and contrasting colours along a beautiful country road.”
The winning photographer receives a 200-centimetre (six-foot-tall) Autumn Blaze Maple tree for winning and she has chosen to donate it to the site of Jessica’s House (Residential Hospice Campaign) in Exeter for planting next year.
To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, Ausable Bayfield Conservation held a photo contest to feature the Maple tree. The conservation authority encouraged people to post Maple tree photos and stories, with the hashtag #Maple150, to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary Year in 2017. Some of the entries are posted on the watershed Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Ausable-Bayfield-Conservation-Authority/163006113762184
The Maple tree has played a major role in Canada’s history and the Maple remains a powerful Canadian symbol today. “In my travels throughout our watershed I have seen some fantastic Maple trees in farmyards, woodlots, and old fencerows,” said Ian Jean, ABCA Forestry and Land Stewardship Specialist. To learn more visit abca.on.ca.