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Call for Submissions - Edward Burtynsky Award

Exciting News - This award has grown into a NATIONAL award, now honouring both Teachers and Early Childhood Educators across CANADA!

In the past, Natural Curiosity and the Dr. Eric Jackman Insititute of Child Study have honoured pre-service elementary school teachers for their excellence in Environmental Inquiry in Ontario. We are delighted to announce that the Edward Burtynksy award is now also open to Early Childhood Educators nationwide.

The Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education was established by the Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. This award was made possible by the Norman and Marian Robertson Charitable Foundation, the generosity of anonymous donors, and world-renowned Environmentalist and Photographic Artist, Edward Burtynsky.

Who should apply?

Outstanding elementary educators across Canada who in their practice:

  • Use Environmental Inquiry,
  • Create learning opportunities that inspire students to become environmentally conscious and responsible world citizens,
  • Take sustainable action that protects and restores the environment
  • Recognize/support the importance of Indeignous perspectives in their approach to Environmental Inquiry (i.e. a connection to the spirit of learning, a deeply rooted sense of place, a recognition that everything is related, or an emphasis on reciprocity)

The first-prize winner will receive:

  • $500 towards Environmental Education related professional development
  • Signed Edward Burtynsky print
  • $1000 for his/her school towards funding Environmental Education learning experiences for students

Runner-Up (two recipients) will receive:

  • $250 toward Environmental Education related professional development
  • 2 signed books by Edward Burtynsky - one for themselves, and one for their school library

We are now accepting applications until May 7th, 2018. Both self-submissions and third-party nominations are encouraged. Please read the official Submission Guidelines, Information Form, and Application Form to find out how to apply. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at

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