06/27/2012 11:55 EDT | Updated 06/27/2012 12:39 EDT

Getty "This Is Canada" Photo Contest Shows Country's Best Side

Tony Barake

Getty Images announced that Laureen Carruthers from British Columbia has been recognized as the winner and People’s Choice Award recipient for this is Canada,” a photography competition that gave enthusiasts the opportunity to show off their visual definition of Canada.

Judged by a panel of some of Canada’s foremost photographers and industry experts, nearly 5,000 images were submitted to showcase what makes Canadian life unique. The winning photograph, which was taken at the historic 153 Mile Ranch located just outside Williams Lake, B.C., depicts what is most important to the photographer and showcases Canada’s breathtaking landscape.

The competition also recognizes Michelle Valberg from Ottawa, Ontario as the runner up for capturing the raw beauty of the arctic.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of Canadian photographers who entered,” said Andrew Delaney, Director of Creative Content for Getty Images. “The competition has empowered nearly one-thousand Canadian photographers to submit five-thousand authentic and regional images, providing a glimpse of the everyday life and special moments that make Canada such a unique place to live.”

In addition to the recognition as a Getty Images contributor through the Flickr collection, the first place winner receives a brand new Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Kit (approximately $3,000 value) and 2,000 AIR MILES® reward miles. The runner up receives 2,000 AIR MILES® reward miles and the opportunity to partner with Getty Images to offer content through the Flickr Collection on Getty Images’ website.

To view the gallery of the winning images, click, below

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