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The year in photos: Top @apt613 Instagram posts of 2017

By Apt613 Caretaker on December 31, 2017



Could Ottawa 2017 have been our city’s flashiest year on record? 2017 shaped up to be quite busy and very exciting. Have a look! These were the most eye-catching images shared by @apt613 on Instagram. You can tag IG posts with #APT613 to be featured too.

Patinage en forêt

Photographer: Hannah Manning (@hannahkgm)

“While waiting for the canal to open, we heard about a skating track through a forest in Lac des Loups, Quebec. We grabbed our skates and headed out to try it out. The track was so smooth and it was magical gliding through the forest on a sunny winter day.”

#womensmarch2017 #ottcity #apt613wknd

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Women’s March on Washington

Photographer: Greggory Clark (@greggoryclark)

“Organizers hoped a few hundred people would turn up, however several thousand people filled the streets in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington last January—just one of many rallies held across the world following the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Participants chanted, drummed, and waved signs like these.”

Rideau Canal re-opens for skating

Photographer: Julie MacCormack (@juliemaccormackphotography)

“I got off the bus at Rideau one morning and wanted to go see the canal that had just opened. When I got to the bridge, this skater appeared and had the whole canal just to themself… sometimes in photography you’re lucky to be in the right place at the right time.”

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Photographer: Landon Entwistle (@landonspics)

“A true Canadian night, this photo was taken in -25 degree weather, a day before the Red Bull Crashed Ice event skated into town. It really showed the complexity of the work put into building the track, in a way that did not hide but show off the amazing architecture of the Chateau Laurier.”

#ALLIN 📷 @greghoustoncomedy

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Ottawa Senators’ unlikely playoff run

Photographer: Greg Houston (@greghoustoncomedy)

“Spring 2017, the literal age of innocence. The Sens took a run at the Stanley Cup that no one saw coming, striking within one goal of the big dance. Running on a formula of: being #Pesky, being coached by a Bond Villain, and Erik Karlsson’s fractured foot – they made a run like no other. We all saw the social media updates on the SensKilometre. (Let’s ditch the ‘mile’ aspect and embrace the Metric System by now…) It was the most Canadian and Ottawa thing ever – fans waiting for the light to turn red, running out into the street to dance and be ridiculous, and then running back to the sidewalk once it turned green. The Knox street sign has had it fair share of puns, proverbs, and psalms (pronounce the ‘p’ is psalms to really make that sentence pop), over the years. And “God has no favourites, hockey fans do, go Sens go” hit a special place in my heart and the heart of the community. Whether it was the correct use of the letter ‘u’ or the simplest chant that does echo down Elgin during the playoffs, the sign boiled down how a city felt in a moment. It’s been an up and down 2017 for the Senators, and their ownership and the city and the arena(s). But after a wildly successful outdoor game and a fond memory of the Sens Spring, the only thing left to say: Go Sens Go.”

Bring on the fireworks!

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Canada Day 2017

Photographer: Ming Wu (@szemingwu)

“How couldn’t we?”

La Machine

Photographer: Hannah Manning (@hannahkgm)

“La Machine was such an incredible Ottawa 2017 experience. I spent all weekend following Long Ma and Kumo around town, totally capitvated by these giant machines. The finale at Lebreton Flats was magical and seeing Long Ma breathe fire in front of a huge crowd was very cool.”

Fireworks over the NGC

Photographer: Hannah Manning (@hannahkgm)

“I love the annual fireworks show and one of my favourite spots to watch is from the National Gallery. The way the light reflects off the glass adds someting special to an already amazing show.”

Fall colours

Photographer: @theradicalc

“Fall comes late this year so when it arrived and in its full bloom, I cant think of anywhere to capture it but with the iconic Parliament Hill and I always remember this view as one of my favorite to shoot any season. This view allows you to see the canal as well and the foreground of colourful leaves sets the tone.”

The skies we’ve been getting lately! #apt613wknd 📷 @kevingust

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Red skies at night

Photographer: Kevin Gust (@kevingust)

“From what I remember of that day I went to take pictures of the Parliament’s Library, but the sunset was just so nice I couldn’t not take a picture of the sun shining off the church.”

Grand re-opening of the Science & Tech Museum

Photographer: Danny Globerman (@globerman)

“The Canada Science and Technology Museum’s 80-million dollar renovation transformed just about every aspect of the institution. But that long, low profile of the building remained making it difficult to capture the exterior in a single photograph. An alternative approach for this sort of thing is to find a detail to zero in on, which in this case was pretty easy to select: the new entrance with its wonky lines and wrap-around video screen. I decided to go with the straight-on photo because it seemed to best emphasize all those unusual angles. A little cropping to match the aspect ratio of the photo to the shape of the entrance way and that was that. I’m happy to see so many people liked the post and the work of the many other excellent photographers on apt613’s Instagram.”

And so it begins ❄️ 📷 @hannahkgm | #APT613

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First snowfall

Photographer: Hannah Manning (@hannahkgm)

“It’s hard to beat the view of Ottawa from the Andaz patio. The morning of Ottawa’s first snowfall, I was at an outdoor meditation at Andaz. The snow made it chilly but added a nice touch.”

Canada 150 Skating Rink on Parliament Hill

Photographer: Landon Entwistle (@landonspics)

“This shot was taken around 7:20am, which usually is the time I’m sitting on the couch at home watching sports highlights before I head off to work. I figured getting a shot that early in the day would be unique, as the rink would get a backdrop of a golden Parliament from the rising sun. This photo was made from 150 photos all combined together to show movement (of the clouds) in an otherwise quiet morning.”