Building sandcastles, splashing in the water, or going for a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk—there’s no better place to beat the heat this summer than at the beach.

Young man photographs a beautiful sunset on the beach

When you head to your favourite beach this summer, be sure to take your camera with you and snap a few shots. Once again, our Blue Flag program is hosting its annual Life’s a Beach Photo Contest. And there’s a gift card prize valued at $1,000 for new camera gear up for grabs. 

For the contest, send in your best photos of your favourite Canadian beach. It could be people having fun on the sand or in the water, the dune grass blowing in the wind, or wildlife walking along the shore. Whatever it is, we want to see what makes the beach so special to you.

Blue Flag Life's a Beach Photo Contest

(Need some inspiration? Take a look at last year’s winners.)

If you’re looking for a great beach to capture some outdoor shots, the Blue Flag can help. Blue Flag is an internationally recognized and respected eco-certification that is awarded to beaches and marinas that have achieved high standards for water quality, environmental management, environmental education, safety, and services. There are 27 Blue Flag beaches in Canada to explore.

How you can enter

If you want to take part in this year’s photo contest, just head over to There, you can enter your photos online and find the full contest rules. The deadline is September 1st. Good luck!