Manitoba From Above

The proliferation of high-definition aerial and satellite imagery has changed the way we view and interact with our environment – both in the way we work and the way we carry on our day-to-day lives. High resolution aerial images provide an accurate and up-to-date view allowing us to see our environment, both in its entirety and complexity. For planners specifically, aerial and satellite imagery allows us to see our landscape from a unique perspective. We rely on these technologies to understand the spatial form of our surroundings, analyze our environments, model social and environmental impacts, engage citizens and make planning decisions.

Aside from its practical uses, aerial imagery can also be beautiful or haunting. Our ability to capture a landscape at a specific moment in time shows us how dynamic, fascinating, and diverse our world is, teaching us about the natural and human processes that are constantly shaping our environment – for better or worse.

Manitoba is home to wide range of landscapes, from urban settlements to untouched hinterlands and everything in between. This contest is intended to showcase Manitoba’s landscapes and explore the planning themes we can derive from them.

To capture Manitoba landscapes using aerial imaging technology.
There are five categories to which entrants can submit their images:

Change Conflict Colour Life Nature

All images must be of a landscape or location viewed from a top-down perspective and found within the boundaries of the province of Manitoba.

To be eligible for submission, an image must have been shot by the entrant (i.e., from a drone or airplane), or captured through a publicly available satellite imagery platform (i.e. Google Earth, ESRI World Viewer, NASA World View, City of Winnipeg Aerial Imagery, etc.).

Entrants may only submit one image per category. The categories and which category a submission applies under are open to interpretation by the entrant.

Entrants must provide the following information with each submission:

  • Entrant name
  • The category the image is being submitted under
  • The image location (including geographic coordinates)
  • The technology used to procure their image
  • A general description of the image including how and why it fits the chosen category and any features sought to be highlighted to the judges

Cropped photos are eligible in all categories. We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos. Minor adjustments, including the removal of sensor dust or scratches on scans of negatives, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast, toning, slight color adjustment and conversion to grayscale are acceptable for all categories. The addition and subtraction of objects, vectors, or highlights is not permitted.

If the judges determine that an image has been altered, they reserve the right to disqualify it. Images that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.

Images that contain sexually explicit, nude, obscene, violent or other objectionable or inappropriate content, as determined by MPPI in its sole discretion, are ineligible for competition and will be disqualified.

All submissions can be made via email to using the subject line: MPPI Aerial Imagery Contest Submission. Submissions to multiple categories can be made at the same time.

All images must be submitted in a suitable image format (e.g., .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .gif, .tiff) and no larger than 8MB in size. Images should be submitted in the highest resolution possible.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM on November 1, 2021
Winners will be announced at a special event on November 8, 2021 (World Town Planning Day)

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt, and overall impact.

The competition is open to all members of MPPI

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