Power of Wind Contest – 2016

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

To celebrate Global Wind Day, the international annual day for discovering the power of wind, and the growing contribution of wind energy in Canada, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is launching its annual Power of Wind contest.

As the future of the industry, we want to showcase how Canada’s youth see the potential of renewable energy. Students entering or in post-secondary education are invited to share their vision of how wind energy can contribute to Canada’s future by submitting a photo or visual image that illustrates, expresses or in some way conveys that vision. A visual can be an original photograph, a digital creation or a digital representation of personal artwork. All submissions must be original works by the individual entering the contest. Winning submissions will be featured in CanWEA’s 2017 Friends of Wind calendar and will be announced at CanWEA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta in November 2016.

Use your imagination and get creative!

Things to Remember

The Friends of Wind calendar is a product of CanWEA’s Friends of Wind program which provides avenues for interested individuals and organizations to “join the conversation” about Canada’s energy future in meaningful and impactful ways. The calendar is supported by wind energy industry leaders and will be seen by and distributed to a broad audience, including industry members, communities, schools, and members of the general public. There will be an English edition and a French edition. It will be printed in full color with pages roughly standard letter-sized and designed to hang on a wall.

We encourage all entrants into the Power of Wind contest to focus on how Canada can build on the positive progress that has helped Canada take its strong position as a global wind energy leader. Submissions will be evaluated for effective use of positive messaging, vibrant or unique use of colour, and optimistic forward-looking imagery. Ideally, winning submissions will provide a sense of motivation and hope for a clean energy future in Canada.


The contest will run from June 15, 2016 (Global Wind Day) to August 15, 2016. The winners will be announced in Calgary, Alberta at the CanWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition, November 1-3, 2016.


The winning categories for the Power of Wind contest will be:

  • 1st place entry: $1,000 bursary prize and placement in the 2017 Friends of Wind Calendar
  • 2nd place entry: $1,000 bursary prize and placement in the 2017 Friends of Wind Calendar
  • 3rd place entry: $1,000 bursary prize and placement in the 2017 Friends of Wind Calendar

Honourable mentions: there is room for up to nine more Power of Wind contest entries to be featured in the 2017 Friends of Wind calendar!

How to Enter

One entry per person

Please email your file or link to info@friendsofwind.ca by August 15, 2016.

The submission email must include your name, age, school, program, a picture of yourself (for use in the announcement of winners) and a 50-word biography (also for use in communications about winning entries).

Please note, files over 8MB will need to be submitted via a web transfer to info@friendsofwind.ca.

Submission Specifications

For full page images:

3375 pixels x 2635 pixels
(11 inches (28 centimetres) x 8.5 inches (21.5 centimetres), 300dpi)

For smaller images:

1200 pixels x 900 pixels
(4 inches (10 centimetres) x 3 inches (7.5 centimetres), 300dpi)

Terms and Conditions

The contest opens on June 15, 2016 and entries will be accepted until midnight, August 15, 2016. This contest is open to participants from Canada. There is no entry fee. Each participant can submit only one entry to this contest. CanWEA employees and employees of CanWEA member organizations are not eligible to take part in the contest, nor are their relatives or members of their families. CanWEA reserves the right to use any submission on its website or for other marketing materials. The decision of the judges is final. Only winners will be contacted after submissions have been reviewed. Winners will be announced publicly at CanWEA’s annual Conference and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta, in November 2016.

To be eligible for the bursary, all applicants must (and will be required to provide proof of):

  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • For graduating high school or CEGEP students, proof of enrolment at a recognized Canadian publicly funded post-secondary school for the Fall 2016 academic term.
  • For full-time university or college students, proof of enrolment at a recognized publicly funded Canadian post-secondary school for the 2016/2017 and Fall 2016 academic terms.

By submitting an entry you acknowledge that you give CanWEA permission to use your entry and any information that you have provided for marketing the Power of Wind Contest and generating publicity. This includes, but is not limited to, using your image, visual submission and information about your entry in news releases, blogs, website content and the Friends of Wind calendar.