07/01/2016 10:22 EDT | Updated 07/26/2016 05:59 EDT

It's Impossible To Not Fall In Love With Canada At Golden Hour

Absolutely breathtaking.

Michael Carroll

Lost in our own little pockets of Canada, it can be very easy to forget the dizzying diversity of the nearly 10 million square kilometres of land we call home.

There’s a magical moment, just after sunrise and just before sunset, where an unmistakable golden light washes over a landscape, illuminating the tops of trees and curves of buildings in an ephemeral glow. Photographers call it golden hour.

Mackenzie River shorline in Fort. Providence, Northwest Territories

(Photo: Ronald Bonnetrouge)

Toronto-based printer Posterjack launched a national photography contest in June to showcase how our great country at golden hour.

Posterjack shortlisted images taken by 12 photographers from across Canada to feature in an exhibition and photobook. All profits will go toward the Nature Conservatory of Canada to support the charity’s efforts in protecting the country’s natural diversity.

“The golden hour is a magical time of day for photos and we thought the idea of photographers taking photos at the same time across Canada was pretty special,” said Posterjack president Tim Faught in a statement.

“There Is an ethereal quality to these photos that is really beautiful.”

Wreck Beach sunset in Vancouver

(Photo: Michael Carroll)

View of Vancouver from a quiet North Burnaby neighbourhood

(Photo: Jason Docarmo)

Elbow river, west of Calgary

(Photo: Chris Gibbs)

Bear’s Hump in Waterton, Alta.

(Photo: Mark Locki)

Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in Bruce Peninsula, Ont.

(Photo: Jim Davis)

Iconic grain elevators of Owen Sound, Ont.

(Photo: Irwin Seidman)

Toronto Island view, Toronto

(Photo: Jason Crockett)

View of Parliament Hill in Ottawa from Gatineau, Que.

(Photo: Patrick Woodbury)

The Citadelle in Quebec City

(Photo: Martin Cauchon)

Lake Brompton sunrise in Orford, Que.

(Photo: Vicky Gosselin)

View of Cabot Tower on top of Signal Hill in St. John's

(Photo: Michael Allen)

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