37th dition - Montreal Shorelines


August 15, 2015 to February 15, 2016

Montreal’s nightlife is one of its great assets. Winter or summer, a stroll after dark through the city streets often results in an encounter with one of the many cultural events and festivals organized all over the Island, without forgetting the many bars and music venues that attract the city’s night-crawlers.

This edition of our Montréal à l’oeil photo competition inspired Montrealers who know and appreciate the city’s nightlife, eagerly exploring and experiencing it throughout the year. Their photographs have captured the wide diversity of the pleasures of Montreal at night, from installations in the Quartier des spectacles and popular wintertime festivals to the more subdued, moonlit atmosphere of the city’s back lanes and residential neighbourhoods.

The jury, made up of representatives of the Centre d’histoire de Montréal , the Ville de Montréal and its partners in the competition, awarded four prizes from among the 431 photographs submitted.

And the winners are:

1st prize - Tourisme Montral

Montréal, pont ferroviaire
By Stéphan Lemay

Occasionally, Montreal’s shorelines display spectacular skies over landscapes where heritage buildings mix with industrial and harbour installations. The train seems to emerge from another world, its imposing majesty and bright red colour contrasting with the apparent somnolence of the oldest part of the city.

1st prize

2nd prize - Photoservice

Quai de Verdun
By Lydia Pawelak

An ordinary summer scene is transformed into a hyper-realist tableau that retains our attention. The photograph’s composition invites us to relax, with its warm sky and the silhouettes we would like to join, the time it takes for a well-deserved break. A view common to several neighbourhoods along the river is magnified, making us wish that we too could live on the water’s edge surrounding the Island of Montreal.

2nd prize

3rd prize - Ville de Montréal

Plages et pêches blanches
By Pierre D’Amours

The photograph captures the velvety atmosphere of a winter night in the Old Port, momentarily empty of visitors. Artificial light sources engage in a dialogue with the smoke and steam rising from the city. We are immersed in the freezing cold, otherworldly here, that has never stopped Montrealers from going out, day or night.

3rd prize

Conseil jeunesse de Montréal's prize - Ville de Montréal

À la pêche au Monstre
By Shan Canuel

The hibernating Monster, abandoned by youngsters during the winter season, its swooping lines intertwined with the rectilinear ones of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, doesn’t seem to intimidate this peaceable fisherman. Who knows what kind of fish he’ll pull up from the freezing waters of the Saint Lawrence?



Many thanks to our partners

  • Tourisme Montral
  • Le Quartier des spectacles
  • Photoservice