10 Stunning Photos Snapped by Inuit of Their Homeland

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 1st place Winner of the Month, Dec 2016, & 1st place Winner of the Year for 2016: Moonlit Night Scene by Pudloo Pitsiulak

Northern Canada has long held mystique for those of us who do not live there.

Its ethereal aurora borealis, ice-dwelling sea creatures and otherwordly landscapes both entice and intimidate us. The region’s inhabitants, the Inuit, have been there for thousands of years and know the terrain better than anyone.

Thanks to the Internet, the land claims agreement and digital technology, glimpses of these ancient scenes can now be delivered to the rest of us.

The Inuit land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. sponsors a monthly photo contest that welcomes submissions from anyone enrolled under the treaty that created the territory of Nunavut. Every year since 2006 there has been an annual winner, and most months there are multiple submissions, and a monthly winner as well.

Here are 10 of the standouts for 2017, starring Mother Earth at her most majestic, with some others covered previously referenced below.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 1st place, Jan 2017: “Winding Road” by Pudloo Pitsiulak

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 1st place, Feb 2017: Aurura by Josia Akpaliapik

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 3rd place, Feb 2017: A light of Qulliq by Barry

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc /. 1st place, March 2017: Winter Tiriaq by David Kakuktinniq

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 3rd place, March 2017: Building an Iglu by Pudloo Pitsiulak

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 1st place, April 2017: Preserved In Ice by Pudloo Pitsiulak

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 2nd place, April 2017: Mount Herodier by Nashook Qamaniq

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 3rd place, April 2017: Arctic Hare by Pudloo Pitsiulak

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. / 1st place, May 2017: Fishing Derby by Terri Angalik

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