The North Shore Photographic Challenge has a reputation as the premier competitive event in Western Canada for club photography. The 29th Annual, which took place March 3 at the Kay Meek, was successful on all fronts, from the breathtaking images, which seem to hit a higher standard every year (as equipment improves and photographers fine-tune their digital techniques, to a technically smooth presentation run by Bill Kearney, and increased audience numbers. Two hundred and eighty images from twenty-eight clubs were ably judged by Greg Blue, Brent Edwardson, and Don MacGregor. Merilyn Hicks as M/C kept the evening flowing smoothly.
The North Shore Photographic Society took first place in the clubs competition for the second year running, with 185 points, well ahead of the pack. Lions Gate Camera Club, who has often won the Challenge trophy in the past, and Victoria Camera Club, were tied for second at 177 points, with Delta Photo Club hard on their heels, winning third with 176.
The first-place individual image, belonging to Connor Stefanison of the Lions Gate Camera Club, was the semi-abstract landscape “Mammoth Hot Springs,” which scored 24 of a potential 27 points.
Judged second, also at 24 points, was the dramatic wide-angle landscape “Darwin Award Moment Horseshoe Bend of Colorado River,” by Janusz Leszczysnki of the Surrey Photography Club.
Kasandra Sproson of the Langley Camera Club won third prize for “Start of Another Day,” an impressionistic view of a workday morning, awarded 23 points.
Click here to see the Top Three Winning Photographs
Gordon Cornwall won the People’s Choice print competition with the altered-reality, “Large Cat Stalking Pedestrians.”
Runner-up was Carol Coleman for “Red Poppy.”
The lobby at intermission was a lively scene of photo enthusiasts clustered around tables sponsored by CAPA, Kerrisdale Cameras, and Delta Photo Club.
About thirty wonderful door prize packages were won by lucky ticket-holders. They included a Photo Stylus R3000 printer from Epson, gift certificates for a variety of photo courses from Langara College, Sheena Wilkie, and Vancouver Photo Workshops, gift cards and canvas prints from Lens and Shutter, and a cornucopia of photography-related clothing, accessories, books, memberships, and show tickets from Abbotsford Photo Arts Club, Cotton Carrier, Beau Photo Supplies, VanPro Art and Frame, Kerrisdale Cameras, CAPA, Burnaby Photo Society. Daymen LowePro, Photo Expert, Mojuntain Equipment Coop, Photolife Magazine, Photo Expert, Tilley, Claudia Cornwall and Rick Shapka. Much thanks to Rick for coordinating the sponsors. NSPS is grateful to all them, and we encourage members to remember them when shopping!
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Thanks to all NSPS volunteers who were responsible for another outstanding Challenge, and especially to Norah Corbett, who managed it all with competence, grace, and an unfailing supply of cookies.