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Council announces healthy agricultural landscapes photo contest winners

Calgary, AB, December 7, 2015:

The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) recently held its first ever Healthy Agricultural Landscapes photo contest to celebrate the United Nation's International Year of Soils. Out of all the great quality photos submitted, judges have selected three winners.

In no particular order, the three winners of the Healthy Agricultural Landscapes photo contest are:

  • Donna Rogers from Kitchener, ON
  • Mel Luymes from Moorfield, ON
  • Eric Kaiser from Napanee, ON

The three winning photographers were announced to a large crowd at CropLife Canada's GrowCanada Conference in Calgary during the SCCC hosted Sustainability at Sunrise Breakfast. All entries were shown to delegates on December 1 at SCCC's inaugural Summit on Canadian Soil Health.

"We are very pleased by the participation in our first ever photo contest, and it is something we plan to do again soon" says Paul Thoroughgood, SCCC Chair. "Healthy agricultural landscapes are important to all of us and we asked Canadians to share their favourite shots with this theme in mind and they responded well. This is a great opportunity to show what farming sustainably in this country really looks like."

The photographers who submitted the winning photos will receive a one-year free membership to the SCCC as well as a $100 gift card.

The SCCC is the only national organization to concentrate on the issues of soil health and soil conservation within a broadly based landscape context. It works to build a greater understanding of the importance of soil as an essential resource to society by facilitating the exchange of information with all stakeholders. Healthy soils are the foundation of sustainable food production, enhanced biodiversity as well as cleaner air and water for present and future generations. For more information, please visit,

View Winning Photos

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Donna Rogers from Kitchener, ON

Mel Luymes from Moorfield, ON

Eric Kaiser from Napanee, ON


Paul Thoroughgood, Chair, or 306-631-1603
Jim Tokarchuk, Executive Director, or 204-792-2424