With the Hydro Power Photo Competition, we wanted to explore how people saw renewable electricity. Much like hydro dams, the photos entered came from all across Canada and were varied: people submitted pictures of beautiful waterfalls, abstract photos of dams, and even some shots that showed us an unexpected and unique angle of hydro power.
Picking the three stunning winners was tough, and our three judges—Jessica Finn (Canadian Geographic photo editor), Javier Frutos (Canadian Geographic art director) and Jacob Irving (Canadian Hydropower Association president)—had their work cut out for them. Here are the judges' comments on the final three photos.
JFi: The photographer cropped tight, successfully eliminating distractions from the monochromatic, geographic lines captured here, and producing a fine art shot.
JFr: By zooming-in and capturing the curves and parallel lines of the dam, this photo makes a fantastic abstract composition. The details and textures also give a sense of time and strength.
JI: This photograph reveals hydropower as architecture. Hydropower projects can be powerful, bold and beautiful. There are visually striking installations across Canada that attract tourists and photographers.
JFi: There's an eerie beauty in this dark image thanks to low hanging cloud and mixed lighting. The photo is nicely framed by the foliage in the foreground and soft halo of light behind the generating station.
JFr: This night shot is very well balanced, and a perfect representation of hydropower. The reflection on the water produces an energetic photograph, while the backlight and the fog create the perfect background to shape the horizon line.
JI: Hydropower facilities use water to turn turbines and make electricity without consuming this precious, shared resource. Having the hydropower facility reflected in the source of its very power at night, under man-made illumination speaks allegorically to the energy and environment relationships that are at play.
JFi: The photographer found an abstract way to capture the power behind hydroelectricity, producing this great perspective shot of water turbulence. Nice capture.
JFr: This fast shutter speed photo shows what the eye can't usually see, revealing details and intricate shapes. A simple but effective composition that leaves the texture created by the fast-moving water speak by itself.
JI: This photo simply and elegantly demonstrates the power of water. It leads the imagination to consider what could be done with the sheer force that is on display. It reminds us of the ancient proverb that nothing is as soft and strong as water.