March 5 at the Kay Meek was an exciting competition as well as a visual treat.
Members of photo clubs from across our province and theYukon turned out for the event. Our club’s projector, run by Bill Kearney, filled the Meek’s big screen with perfectly rendered images. The competition judges were Robert Ito, Tony Wood and Merle Ace. Past President, Merilyn Hicks did a great job as MC, and kept the evening on track.
Gary Cotter’s breathtaking dance image, “Take Off,” was the standout individual winner, scoring 24 of a possible 27 points. A run-off decision was needed to resolve a tie among five photographs awarded 23 points. The tied images ran as a slide show for several minutes as the judges quietly debated their merits, while members of the audience loudly applauded their favourites.
In the final standings, second place went to Lenora Shier of the West Vancouver Seniors Photo Club for the lyrical “Marsh Wren Singing”, and David Mondor of the Whitehorse Photography Club won third for “Going for the Finish,” an exciting head-on shot of huskies giving their all in a dog-sled race.
Click here to see the Top Three Winning Photographs
Then Merilyn read out the club standings. Delta Photo Club took the third spot, with 200 points. West Vancouver Seniors Photo Club came second, with 202. And the top-scoring club of the 2011 competition was, as it happens, the North Shore Photographic Society, with 210 points! This was North Shore’s first win since 2005, and cause for major celebration.
The People’s Choice print competition was won by Geoffrey Shuen for “Take Shelter”, and the runner-up was Jason Duncan, for “Whistler Alpine”.
In the lobby, animated discussions took place at tables sponsored by Lens and Shutter, Langara College, Kerrisdale Cameras, and CAPA.
The audience enjoyed a rich potlatch of door prizes (lined up by Rick Shapka) including an R1900 printer from Epson, a $500 course certificate from Langara College, and other generous gifts donated by Beau Photo, Burnaby Photographic Society, CAPA Pacific zone, Chung Ai, Daymen Photo, Focal Point, Kerrisdale Cameras, Lens and Shutter, Mountain Equipment Co-op, PhotoLife Magazine, Tilley Endurables, and Vanpro Arts and Frame. The NSPS is grateful to all our sponsors, and we urge members to remember them when shopping!
In the days following the Challenge, several participating clubs sent congratulatory emails praising the professional quality of the show and the fair, balanced judging.
Click here to see the Event Reportage gallery.
Thanks to all NSPS volunteers who worked on the Challenge, especially to Norah Corbet, chief coordinator of this very successful event!
By Gordon Cornwall