2016 Winner: Matt Fraser

Over the past 13 years, AME’s photo contest has resulted in some stunning photographs – and we want to see more. Whether you are exploring in B.C. or around the world, we would like to see your best photographs. Specifically, we are looking for pictures showing explorers in action: prospecting, doing geological work, drilling and conducting studies – photographs that best depict the variety of activities in the mineral exploration and development industry.

2006 Winner: Genevieve Morinville

Submit your best photos for each or any of the following:

  • Prospecting and Early Exploration Whether it’s digging in the dirt for samples, hammering the rocks, reading maps or simply casting an eye over prospective ground, we want to show what grassroots exploration looks like.
  • Intermediate Exploration Initial drilling, trenching and fly-in camps are just a few ideas for photographs.
  • Advanced Exploration Definition drilling, bulk sampling and environmental studies are a few items covered in this category.
  • Mineral Development Site development, engagement and consultation, and activities that are part of the environmental assessment process are some topics covered here. Make planning come alive through your photos.
  • Restoration and Reclamation In particular, send us your photographs showing reclamation of drill pads, access roads and previously explored areas. Before-and-after photographs are welcome and may be submitted together as one entry.

Prizes of $100 will be awarded for the winner of each category.

Winners for each of the above categories will be based on the number of “Likes” on the AME Facebook page in each category, but must meet the criteria below. AME reserves the right to not award a prize in a category that does not receive eligible photographs.

Additionally, a $100 prize will be awarded for the Social Media Favourite submission that receives the most likes on Facebook, and a Grand Prize of $500 will be awarded for the submission that best meets the following criteria.


2012 Winner: James Newby

Photographs should mirror the following components of the AME brand guidelines:

  • Leveraging imagery of people to emphasize the human element of exploration
  • Showcasing people engaged in their work in the field, set against awe-inspiring backdrops
  • Captured in a natural, candid way – never staged or posed

Additionally, photographs should:

  • Be original and have an immediate impact on the viewer
  • Demonstrate a safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia
  • Be accompanied by a caption that describes the subject and location of the photograph, including the names of subjects when applicable
  • Be reproducible at 300 dpi at 11”×8.5” (i.e., at least 3,300×2,550 pixels, or 8.4 megapixels)
  • Reproduce well in print, social and web media, and on screen


2007 Winner: Bob Anderson
  • Photographers must have the consent of subjects being photographed as well as permission to submit a photograph of personal and/or company property (if applicable).
  • Entries must be the original property of the photographer. A photographer may not submit a photograph that is the property of another person or organization.
  • The photographer grants AME a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, starting at the time of submission, in perpetuity, to use the photograph in AME communications including, but not limited to, publications, displays and AME-related use in news stories. The photographer retains the use of the entry and may continue to use the photograph in ways that do not infringe on AME’s use of the photograph.


  • Entries may be submitted up to Friday, September 30, 2016, at 12 noon Pacific time.
  • Public voting will take place from Monday, October 3, through Monday, October 10, at 12 noon Pacific time.
  • Winners will be announced in December through the AME 2017 calendar.

To enter

Submit your photos to Jonathan Buchanan, director, communications and public affairs, AME, at [email protected].