We are kicking off the annual #AMEInTheField Photo Contest on July 1 by taking the time to look back at the grand prize winners from the last decade.

We touched base with professional photographer, Veronique Jones, who gave us her view of the importance of photography for mineral exploration:

“The beauty of photography is that an image makes the experience captured accessible to anyone. In the case of mineral exploration, values, best practices, and the genuine sense of respect and awe for the places geologists and their peers are privileged to explore are more easily conveyed through photography. It provides a widely approachable opportunity for anyone to connect with what you do. From a social and environmental responsibility perspective, images can more powerfully do the heavy lifting of words. They are your ‘about us’ in action, providing a clear and relatable way of building trust with your audience, from shareholders to employees to the communities you are working in.”

Anatole Tuzlak, the recipient of the 2019 Grand Prize of the AME Photo Contest also added:

“I have always had a passion for photography and for the mineral exploration and mining industry, and can see the importance for companies and organizations to use our photographs – whether through education, profiling our projects to communities, government and potential investors. I was pleased to win the Grand Prize of the 2019 AME Photo Contest and always enjoy looking at the #AMEInTheField hashtag on social media and seeing everyone else’s beautiful work.”

So what are you waiting for? Enter the contest from July 1, 2020 for your chance to win great prizes!

Rules and Criteria

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2020

For the past 18 years, AME has sought the best photographs of mineral explorers in action – in B.C. and around the world. Once again, we would like you to send your prized photos from the field: prospecting, collecting samples, doing geological work, drilling and conducting studies – photographs that best depict the variety of activities in the mineral exploration and development industry.

Once again, the Social Media Favourite competition#AMEintheField is open for the third year in a row. Use the hashtag #AMEintheField when uploading your fieldwork photos to your Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook, in order to be considered.

Be sure to indicate which category you are entering and include a short caption detailing your photo(s). Submit your photos, or send a link to your photos on a file-sharing platform to Jordan Townley, AME Marketing and Communications Manager: [email protected].

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

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. Photographs that show people are best – scenic photographs that show the low-impact nature of mineral exploration are also great.

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 and 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.


Category Winners: $100  – Awarded to the submission that best represents its respective category and meets the criteria below.

Social Media Favourite: $100 – Awarded to the photo with the most ‘Likes’ on Facebook, regardless of category. All entries will be chosen by AME staff through the #AMEintheField photo contest.

Grand Prize: $500 – Awarded to the submission that best meets the criteria outlined below.

Winners will be personally notified by AME. All winners will be announced in the December 2020 E-News.

AME reserves the right to not award a prize in a category that does not receive eligible photographs.


Ideal photo submissions will:

  • leverage imagery of people to emphasize the human element of exploration
  • showcase people engaged in their work in the field, set against awe-inspiring backdrops
  • show people 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 diverse, safe, economically strong and environmentally responsible mineral exploration and development industry based in British Columbia
  • be titled with submitter’s name, the subject and location of the photograph, including the names of subjects when applicable [ex. PhotoSubmitter_JohnDoeInMountains_StewartBC]
  • be reproducible at 300 dpi at 11” ×5” (i.e., at least 3,300 × 2,550 pixels, or 8.4 megapixels)
  • reproduce well in print, social and web media


  • 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 (e.g., proprietary photographs of a company’s mineral exploration property).
  • 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 Monday, September 30, 2020 at 12 noon Pacific Time.
  • Public voting will take place from Tuesday, October 1, 2020 through Monday, October 7, 2020 at 12 noon Pacific time.
  • Winners will be announced in AME’s e-news.

To Enter

Indicate which category you are entering and include a short caption detailing your photo(s) then submit or send a link to your photos on a file-sharing platform to Jordan Townley, AME Marketing and Communications Manager [email protected].


  • Jordan Townley

    As Manager, Marketing and Communications, Jordan focuses on a wide range of marketing activity including PR and Media Relations, Digital Marketing, Measurement and Analytics, Social Media Management, Media Partnerships, Content Development, E-news as well as event support for AME Roundup. Jordan is the Staff Lead for the Communications and Marketing Committee and the Editorial Sub-Committee.

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