Reminder: Ottawahenge Photo Contest is Back!

Reminder: Ottawahenge Photo Contest is Back!

What is Ottawahenge?

What is Ottawahenge?

You’ve probably heard of Stonehenge, right? Well, swap out those massive prehistoric stones for the bustling streets of Ottawa, and you’ve got yourself Ottawahenge! Every year, twice a year, Ottawa has this quirky, almost magical event when the setting sun aligns perfectly with the city’s grid. Picture this: a blazing orb of gold sinking slowly between the corridors of concrete and glass. And what’s even cooler? There’s a photo contest dedicated to capturing this awe-inspiring moment.

Why the Fuss About a Sunset?

Well, hold your horses, it’s not just a sunset. It’s about the play of light, the shadows, the way the city seems to glow from within. It’s about that ephemeral moment when day turns into night in the most cinematic way possible. Let’s delve a little deeper:

  • The Science Behind it: Twice a year, the sun sets precisely in the west, lining up perfectly with Ottawa’s east-west streets. This phenomenon isn’t unique to Ottawa – similar events occur in other cities with a grid layout, like Manhattan.
  • A Photographer’s Dream: Imagine the opportunities! Long shadows, golden hues, and the juxtaposition of nature and urban life. It’s no wonder photographers, both amateur and pro, flock to the city during this time.
  • It’s A Celebration: Ottawans have embraced this celestial event, turning it into a community celebration. It’s not just about snapping a picture; it’s about coming together, appreciating the beauty of the city, and sharing that collective “wow” moment.

Tips to Nail that Winning Shot

Whether you’re a seasoned shutterbug or someone who just loves capturing moments, here are some tips to help you out:

  1. Scout Early: Don’t wait for the big day. Check out potential spots days before the event. Look for interesting silhouettes, reflections, and vantage points.
  2. Mind the Clouds: A clear day is ideal, but don’t be disheartened if it’s cloudy. Sometimes, clouds can add drama to your shot.
  3. Experiment with Angles: Don’t just stick to eye level. Try high-angle shots or even ground level for a different perspective.
  4. Post-processing Magic: A little touch-up can go a long way. Adjusting the contrast, brightness, or saturation can amplify the impact of your photo.

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Past Winners

Every year, the competition gets tougher. Let’s take a look at some past winners and what made their shots stand out:

  • 2019: Sarah’s panoramic view of the city with the sun perfectly encased between two buildings. What stole the show? The reflection in the canal, which doubled the beauty.
  • 2020: Jamie’s shot from a rooftop garden. It captured not just the sun, but also the people of Ottawa – kids playing, couples walking, life going on as the sun set.

For more past winners, check out this external link to a dedicated Ottawahenge gallery.

Ready to Participate?

Think you’ve got what it takes? Ready to give it a shot? Here’s how:

  1. Dates to Remember: Mark your calendar. Keep an eye out on local announcements to know the exact date of the next Ottawahenge.
  2. Submission Guidelines: Ensure your photos are of high resolution. While post-processing is allowed, heavy manipulations might get disqualified.
  3. Get Social: Share your photos on social media platforms with the hashtag #Ottawahenge2023 to increase your visibility.

Remember, it’s not just about the prize but about sharing your perspective of this stunning natural event with the world.

So, gear up, get your cameras ready, and may the best photo capture the essence of Ottawahenge!