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"Montreal Shorelines" photo competition - Announcing the winners!

12 avril 2016

Montréal, le 12 avril 2016 - At Montreal City Hall today, the Centre d'histoire de Montréal announced the winners of the 37th Montréal à l'œil photography competition, organized in collaboration with Tourisme Montréal, the Ville de Montréal, the Conseil jeunesse de Montréal, and Photo Service.

Since its first edition in 1991, the competition has demonstrated the Centre d'histoire's desire to have the public know, understand, and discover the city of yesterday and today from the point of view of its inhabitants. The announcement of the winners was combined with the inauguration of Montreal Shorelines, an exhibition of the best entries in the competition, presented in the Hall of Honour at City Hall from April 11 to 25, 2016.

Frantz Benjamin, chairman of the City Council of the Ville de Montréal, addressed those in attendance, saying: “Montreal Shorelines is part of the series of free exhibitions at Montreal City Hall. We are delighted that so many citizens, visitors, and tourists are joining in these activities aimed at democratizing art. I congratulate all the contestants whose participation has resulted in a creative, convivial event that brings people together and illustrates how important their city is to them. The level of interest was high, with a total of 431 photos submitted – a record!”

Montreal Shorelines

This exhibition shines a spotlight on the shorelines of Montreal: 137 kilometres of publicly accessible waterfront offering magical landscapes, summer or winter. Allow yourself to be transported by images of this omnipresent motif in the history and everyday life of our island city, whose development has always been intimately connected with the Saint Lawrence River.

This year's Montréal à l'oeil competition drew the participation of people who know, appreciate, explore, and experience the riverbanks around the Island of Montreal throughout the year. Their photographs capture the many facets of the shoreline in every season, with subjects ranging from industrial port facilities to bucolic beaches -- places for contemplation, for observing fauna and flora, and for practising sports, even in extreme weather.

A jury of representatives of the Centre d'histoire de Montréal and its partners in the competition analyzed the 431 entries to award four prizes.

Chantal Rouleau, the Ville de Montréal executive committee member in charge of water and water infrastructures, added: “The Montreal Shorelines exhibition is inspiring for us and echoes our convictions and our commitment to continue our efforts to ensure high-quality waterways and to provide activities and opportunities to take advantage of them. The exhibition brings out the importance of access to the waterfront and of enhancing and promoting access points, two elements that are integral to the City's water plan. I invite Montrealers to discover this exhibition, a reminder of all the many secluded oases, well-kept secrets, and moments suspended in time and space that exist in Montreal.”

1st prize, awarded to Stephan Lemay for his photograph, Montréal Pont ferroviaire: a photography contract from Tourisme Montréal for a value of $2000.

2nd prize, awarded to Lydia Pawelak for her photograph, Quai de Verdun: a $1000. gift certificate from Photo Service.

3rd prize, awarded to Pierre D'Amours for his photograph Plage et pêche blanches: a $500 gift certificate for KSF (Kayak Sans Frontières) watersport centre, two Gold tickets to the Loto-Québec International Fireworks Competition, and a family pass to Espace pour la vie offered by the City of Montreal. (A total value of $750).

Prix du Conseil jeunesse de Montréal awarded to Shan Canuel for his photograph À la pêche au Monstre! : gift certificates for La Vitrine, Montreal's cultural box office, for a value of $750.

370 images will be posted on the Flickr page of the Centre d'histoire de Montréal,, starting from April 13, 2016. The prize-winning photographs can be downloaded here.

Practical information:

Free exhibition: Montreal Shorelines, the 37th Montréal à l'œil photography competition

April 11 – 25, 2016

Opening hours of the exhibition:

Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays.



275 rue Notre-Dame St. East
Montreal (Quebec)
H2Y 1C6
Metro station: Champ-de-Mars

Paid parking at Édifice Chaussegros-de-Léry, 303 Notre-Dame St. East.
Wheelchair access ramp: corner of Place Vauquelin and Gosford St.




Tourisme Montréal 

A six-time partner of the CHM in the Montréal à l'œil photography competition, Tourisme Montréal is again encouraging participants in this year's edition. With 750 members and partners, it promotes our city throughout the world and organizes a number of activities that enhance Montreal's attraction as a tourist destination.


Photo Service 

The CHM's first partner in the competition, Photo Service is also a team member in the 37th edition. Specializing in photography over three generations, the company provides all its customers with top service in this field. In addition to its retail store, Photo Service offers photography courses and rents out equipment.


Le Conseil jeunesse de Montréal

The Conseil jeunesse de Montréal advises Montreal's mayor and the city's executive committee on matters regarding young people from 12 to 30 years old, ensuring that their concerns are taken into consideration in municipal government decisions.


About the Centre d'histoire de Montréal

The mission of the Centre d'histoire de Montréal, the city museum, is to transmit an understanding of Montreal, its cultural diversity, and its tangible and intangible heritage. Engaging with the public, the museum offers its expertise to citizens to present their stories and mementos in exhibits and activities, thus highlighting the different ways Montrealers have forged the urban environment and defined the city's identity.






André Gauvreau

Centre d'histoire de Montréal

Ville de Montréal

514 872-9385