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Edward Burtynsky


Check out the winners of the 2021 Edward Burtynsky Award below! 

Every year, Natural Curiosity Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education honours three outstanding educators across Canada for their exemplary practice in environmental inquiry.  Before beginning your application, please read the revised submission guidelines below.

Award Details

In the past, Natural Curiosity and the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study have honoured in-service elementary school teachers for their excellence in environmental inquiry in Ontario. In 2018, we grew this award into a national award that honours both Teachers and Early Childhood Educators across Canada! 


The Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education was made possible by the Norman and Marian Robertson Charitable Foundation, the generosity of anonymous donors, and world-renowned Environmentalist and Photographic Artist, Edward Burtynsky. We are grateful to Edward Burtynsky for two decades of his support for this national award.

Submission Guidelines

Who should apply?

Outstanding Teachers and ECEs across Canada who in their practice:

  • Use Environmental Inquiry,

  • Create learning opportunities that inspire students to become environmentally conscious and responsible world citizens

  • Recognize/support the importance of Indigenous perspectives in their approach to Environmental Inquiry (i.e. a connection to the spirit of learning, a deeply rooted sense of place, a recognition that everything is related, or an emphasis on reciprocity)



The grand prize winner will receive:

  • $500 towards environmental education related professional development

  • Signed Edward Burtynsky print

  • $1000 for his/her school towards funding Environmental Education learning experiences for students

Runner-Up (two recipients) will each receive:

  •  $250 toward environmental education related professional development

  • 2 signed books by Edward Burtynsky – one for themselves, and one for their school library

2021 Burtynsky Award Application Form​

The awards application is now closed. Thank you for your interest in applying for the Burtynsky Award.

Check back again in the Winter of 2021 for more information on how to apply for the 2022 Award!