Photo Contest

45th Annual Operators Seminar Photo Contest


A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the 45th Annual Operators Seminar Photo Contest! A wide range of photos were submitted and the AWWOA is happy to announce the winners.

Contest Winners



First Place

Title: Vegreville Water Board North Saskatchewan River Crossing
Submitted by: Dale Lefebvre, Town of Vegreville
Prize: 55" TV
"It's because of the forward thinking and innovation show in 1981 to bring treated water to Vegreville and many communities along the way, that it was possible 31 years later to begin the process to provide water all the way to Vermillion and many communities in between."

Second Place

Title: Wooden Stave Pipe
Submitted by: Scott Baillie, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
Prize: $50 Gift Card
"When sound wood is kept thoroughly wet it does not rot. I am always amazed by the condition and the ingenuity of the wooden stave pipe every time we expose it underground."

Third Place

Title: Root Monster
Submitted by: WWC, City of Red Deer
Prize: $25 Gift Card
"Large root mass removed from storm main that was causing a blockage and flooding. It was removed with root cutting nozzle in tandem with a CCTV unit. A crane was required to lift from the manhole and the picture only shows a portion. It weighed at least 600 pounds and was over 6 long."

Contest Rules, Submission Guidelines and Judging Criteria

  • Photo must be high resolution in a JPEG or PDG Format
  • A submission will only be accepted electronically
  • One entry per member
  • Entry must be relevant to the water/wastewater industry
  • Submission must be accompanied by a short description (max 50 words)
  • Submission must include the date of the photo
  • Submission must include a title

Members from the AWWOA Executive judged the photos based on the following criteria:

✔️Originality - Is it a new image/idea? Does the image show an original portrayal of a common subject? Is it a new take on an old idea?

✔️Visual Impact - Is the image appealing to look at? Are photographic elements used to enhance the photo i.e. colour, lighting, spacing? Does it catch your eye?

✔️Storytelling - How well does the photograph capture or illustrate a particular story? Does the image effectively tell a story? What does the image show/tell you?

✔️Historical Impact - Does the photo capture a moment in time? Does it showcase a moment/project that will be important for years to come? Is it memorable?

✔️Industry Relevance - Does the photo have significance to the water/wastewater industry? Does it show operators, technology, infrastructure, etc.?