Art of mining

Snapshots of an industry, transformed

The Art of mining is PwC Canada’s annual photography contest celebrating the positive impact of the Canadian mining industry at home and abroad.

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Celebrating five years of showcasing an evolving industry

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Art of mining, so to celebrate we’re looking back at the top photo submissions over the years and highlighting the positive impact of the program thanks to your continued support and participation.

See past photo submissions

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  • 13


  • $60,000

    charitable donations

Canada is a global mining powerhouse gifted with tremendous natural resource wealth. For the past four years, PwC Canada has celebrated the Canadian mining industry through our Art of mining photography competition.

Canadian mining companies are reimagining the way they work to prepare themselves for growth in the long term. The speed of technological change is unrelenting, and people are feeling the impact—both the benefits and the challenges. This year we’d like to celebrate people at the centre of the digitally enabled mining industry.

It’s a new world that needs new skills. Show us how your people are adapting to an increasingly digital world.

Submissions will be accepted until December 13, 2019.

Apply now  Rules and regulations

Photo courtesy of Tugliq Energy and Raglan Mine, a Glencore Company, 2019 award recipient

About the awards program

Photo submissions

  • October 23, 2019, to December 13, 2019
  • Companies can submit their photos for consideration using the online application

Online voting

  • January 6, 2020, to March 2, 2020
  • Photos will be posted online on January 6, 2020. Voting will be open to all members of the public, who will determine our three finalists. Voting will remain open until the start of the celebration event. The votes will be tallied, and then the winners will be announced at our event.


  • March 2, 2020, The Globe and Mail Centre, 351 King Street East, Toronto
  • We’ll be celebrating all the photo submissions and the winners at our Art of mining celebration taking place during the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) global mineral exploration and mining convention.  

Photo courtesy of Pan American Silver Corporation, 2018 award recipient

All photo submissions should focus on the people in your organizations and how they’re adapting to an increasingly digital world. Submissions should illustrate one or more of the following:

  • people and technology working together to solve important problems
  • people, AI and robotics co-creating the future of your organization
  • diversity and the many faces of your industry in the midst of a changing working environment

In order to qualify, you must:

  • be a Canadian mining organization with active operations
  • submit only one image to the competition
  • have a senior executive from your organization present for the Art of mining reception on the evening of March 2, 2020, in Toronto

Photo courtesy of Lundin Mining Corporation, 2017 award recipient

The three winning companies will receive the following amounts to donate to the community program or charity of their choice:

  1. First place: $10,000
  2. Second place: $3,000
  3. Third place: $2,000

Photo courtesy of IAMGOLD Corporation, 2016 award recipient

How to apply

Step 1: Review the rules and regulations to determine if you’re eligible to apply.

Step 2: Take a photo that reflects how the people in your organization are adapting to an increasingly digital world.

Step 3: Fill out the application form, which includes an area to upload your photo.

Step 4: Engage with us on social media using #artofmining.

Tips and tricks for a beautiful photo submission

  • Make sure your photo has a resolution of 300 dpi or higher
  • Include different tones and colours
  • Avoid using panoramic shots
  • Incorporate visual complexity, rich details, good contrast and the use of both bright and dark regions (e.g. a group of people, a mine site lit up at night)
  • Avoid repetitive patterns (e.g. a grassy field, the front of a building with repetitive windows)

Media partners

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Contact us

Kevin Chan

National Mining Leader, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 416 941 8321

Monica Banting

Eastern Canada Mining Leader, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 416 941 8233

Maxime Guilbault

Quebec Mining Leader, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 514 205 5448

Mark Patterson

BC Mining Leader, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 604 806 7160

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