We are Resilient

We Are Resilient is a contest for community photographers and storytellers inspired by The City of Mississauga’s Climate Change Action Plan.

 

Resilience: The ability of communities to respond and recover from the effects of a changing climate.

We Are Resilient aims to harness and share the energy, passion and creativity expressed by our community to create a more resilient future for Mississauga.

We want to hear from you! Submit your photos with accompanying stories that represent your experience with climate change in Mississauga. Capture actions, events, people and places. You’ll be entered into a contest to win prizes and be featured in an upcoming exhibition.

Themes to consider

Get creative… but if you need some inspiration for your photos and stories, here are some ideas:

The past

How has your neighbourhood grown in the past 10, or even 50 years? Were there more forests and trees in your childhood compared to today? Do you have old photographs of your neighbourhood? Show us how things have has changed.

The present

Have you noticed more frequent extreme weather alerts? Have you been caught in a heavy rainstorm? Show us examples of how climate change is affecting your family and your neighbourhood today.

The future

What does a resilient city of the future look like to you? Do you picture a walkable city with plenty of green spaces? Help us create a roadmap for the future and express your creative vision for the City of Mississauga.

Climate action and resiliency

What are you doing right now to take climate action? Do you carpool to work or have a pollinator garden at home? Maybe you are the master of upcycling or eat a plant-rich diet. Show us how you are taking climate action today.

Kids walking through the woods

How to enter

You can submit your digital photographs and accompanying stories via the online form below. The deadline for entries is August 31, 2021.

Our panel of judges will review your submission in fall 2021, and your photograph and story could be featured as part of an outdoor exhibition, opening in summer 2022.

Award categories

First, second and third place winners will be awarded under two age categories: kids and youth (age 17 and under) and adults (age 18 and over). All finalists will have their photo and accompanying story included in the 2022 exhibition. There are two of each of the following prizes:

  • 1st – DSLR camera
  • 2nd – HP sprocket package
  • 3rd – #MississaugaMade gift card
Competition rules

We will be judging your photos with accompanying stories according to their originality, creativity, and emotional appeal.

Your submission should meet the following criteria:

  • Must be shot in the City of Mississauga
  • Must be original work
  • Photo quality: 300 PPI (pixels per inch) is recommended
  • Max character limit of 1000 or approximately 140 words
  • Up to three photographs and stories per submission

For more information, view our official rules and regulations.

Submit your entry

Privacy statement:
The personal information collected in this submission is collected under the authority of sections 11 and 227 of the Municipal Act, 2001. This information will be used for the purpose of administration of the We Are Resilient project. If you have any questions about the collection of this information please contact the Environmental Outreach Coordinator at heliya.b@mississauga.ca or call 905-615-3200 ext. 2634.

FAQs

How do I submit my photograph and stories (print or digital)?

You can submit your photographs and stories either electronically using the form above or by mailing it in to:

201 City Centre Drive
9th floor
Mississauga, ON
L5B 4E4
Attention: Environment

Please note, original photographs will not be returned.

To be entered into the contest, you can only submit a maximum of 3 photographs and 3 stories. Also, you must include both a story and photograph together. Your story can be as short as one sentence, as long as there is some context for the photograph. If you have any questions, please contact us at living.green@mississauga.ca.

How do I win?

Using criteria developed by the project team, your submission will be reviewed by a panel of community members and climate change experts. Finalists will be contacted in fall 2021 by email and/or phone to be notified that their submission was selected to be featured in the 2022 exhibition.

Is there an age limit?

No, there are two age categories, you can submit your photographs and stories under; kids and youth (age 17 and under) and/or adults (age 18 and over) category. Each category will be judged separately using the outlined criteria.

How will my photographs and stories be used? How will they be displayed?

If chosen, your photographs and stories will be displayed as part of an outdoor exhibition in 2022 and a travelling exhibition in 2023. Submissions will also be used in promotional media campaigns, project website content and programming materials related to the We Are Resilient project. Please review the contest rules and regulations for more information.

Photographs and stories of Mississauga

Champions across the City of Mississauga share their personal stories about climate change.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a forested area

Some of my most cherished childhood memories are spending time with my close friends in the open green spaces and woodland areas around my home. This is where I felt most free and at peace. As I raised my own family in the city, I shared my love of nature with my children and it became very clear to me just how important accessible green spaces are for residents and families.

When I became Mayor of the great City of Mississauga, I committed to ensuring that as our city builds up, our green spaces must build out. I firmly believe we need to build a city where everyone – no matter where they live – has easy access to Mississauga’s parks and trails. Protecting and growing our green spaces is part of our efforts to battle climate change. But protecting them is also important for our physical and mental health.

One of the things the pandemic has shown us is just how important our green spaces are – they are the places were we’ve been able to escape to for walks or bike rides, or simply to read a book. They can never be taken for granted. Mississauga’s parks and trails are true gems in our city and maintaining them for generations to come is a top priority of mine. They make our city more beautiful. They make us more resilient.

Qurat Dar - Mississauga Youth Poet Laureate

Dandelion surrounded by green grass

Perennial

There was a time, years ago, when every summer we would do battle to maintain the sanctity of the lawn – spraying pesticides at every stubborn dandelion or pulling them from the ground before they could spread like wildfire. But now, every year, we dig up more and more of the grass. Scatter wildflower seeds, plant rows of lettuce and spinach, trellis the tomatoes. We’re hardly gardening experts but we figure it out as we go along. The internet helps. Some of the plants come back relentlessly as soon as the days grow longer and the snow melts – mint, chives, lavender, bergamot, even the flowers in our front yard that have been here since before we moved in. Others are not quite so successful (like the pineapple crown my dad planted not too long ago). But there’s something about seeing all of the care that goes into growing food, about seeing it at every step from seedling to harvest. And, of course, getting to bite into a strawberry that tastes like the sun.

View more photographs and story submissions on our Facebook Gallery.

Shoreline with rocks and trees

Contact us

We Are Resilient is organized by the City of Mississauga’s Environment Section and the Museums of Mississauga.

If you have any questions about the competition or the Climate Change Action Plan, please email us at living.green@mississauga.ca.

We Are Resilient is proudly sponsored by TD Bank Group  TD Bank Group