Geotechnical Society of Edmonton

NEWS 2011

Posted April 26, 2011 (Updated January 12, 2012)

Event: August 31, 2011

GSE 2011 Photo Contest Announcement - CANCELLED

Submit photos (By Aug. 31)

The GSE is proud to announce a Geotechnical Photography Contest to help celebrate the contribution to society by geotechnical engineering. Submitted photos will be grouped and judged in three categories. In addition to bragging rights, valuable prizes will be awarded to the top photo in each category with an additional prize to the overall best photo. Winning submissions and selected runners-up will be unveiled at the upcoming 2011 Fall Wine & Cheese and then posted on the GSE web site. Photos will be judged according to both artistic merit and the geotechnical story told by the photo.

The contest is open to GSE members only and will close on December 1, 2011 (deadline has been extended).

Contest cancelled due to lack of interest.


  1. Under Construction: photographs of geotechnical projects under construction or investigations in progress.
  2. Completed Works: photographs of completed projects with recent or of historical significance.
  3. Natural Phenomenon: can be landforms of particular geotechnical/geological interest like landslides or outcrops of interesting geology or the impact of natural processes on engineered works.

Extra consideration will be given to photos of local interest (located in Edmonton or at least works by Edmonton companies/offices).

Please do not submit:

  • General landscape photographs (even though the soil or rock forming them is ostensibly the domain of geotechnical engineers);
  • Photographs that are predominantly other areas of civil engineering (structures make good photographs but that isn't what we are interested in);
  • Photographs that are predominantly of people even if they are geotechnically-significant people!


  • There will be grand prize awarded to best photograph as chosen by our judges. Two additional prizes will be awarded to the best photograph in each of the two remaining categories.
  • The prizes will be announced at or following the AGM in May.

Submission Instructions:

  • Digital photographs should be submitted to If you are still shooting with film, please submit a scanned version of your photographs.
  • Keep the size of individual emails to less than 10Mb. If you have several photographs you would like to submit at once, please contact to make alternate arrangements.
  • Captions or short descriptions to aid in understanding the context of the photo should be included in the body of the email (or on the application form). The required information is location and date of the photography and what is depicted.
  • The photographer needs to be named as do all people who are identifiable in the photograph.
  • Submissions will be accepted until August 31, 2011.

Submission Form

PDF of Contest Rules

Rules and Regulations:

  • In order to facilitate judging, there is a limit of 2 photographs per category per photographer. The photographs do not need to be submitted all at once.
  • Photographs should be less than two years old.
  • Digital enhancement for colour correction and cropping is allowed. Digital manipulation of content is not allowed.
  • Photographs should be taken at a minimum of 4 megapixels with the smaller dimension of at least 1600 pixels.
  • The Geotechnical Society of Edmonton (GSE) reserves the non-exclusive right to publish or use any entry. Photographs published or used will be credited to the photographer.
  • The owner of any photograph retains all copyright; however, by submitting the photograph to this contest, the owner grants to the GSE royalty-free, irrevocable, transferable, and non-exclusive right to use, copy, adapt, transmit, communicate, publically display, distribute, and create derivative works of the photograph.
  • Photographer is required to have the consent of identifiable people appearing in a photograph before submission. In addition, consent must be obtained for photographs taken on sites where photography is restricted (such as most industrial plants). The GSE is not responsible for verifying the consent.


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