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2014 North Shore Challenge Report


On March 8th,the North Shore Photographic Challenge marked its 30th anniversary by reinventing itself. Previously restricted to CAPA-member photo clubs in BC and the Yukon, the Challenge was open for the first time to individual photographers from the general public.

It was an exciting evening, with a strong turnout of engaged and animated spectators. The presentation intermingled club images with those submitted by individual photographers. A total of 279 images, representing 28 clubs and 111 individuals, were expertly assessed by the judging panel, consisting of three well-known members of the photographic community: Allen Bargen, Wendy Kwan, and Syx Langemann. Larry Breitkreutz served as backup judge.

According to the buzz at intermission, there was more variety and novelty in the images than had been seen at earlier Challenges. Audience members visited tables in the lobby to peruse photographic offerings from sponsors including Epson Canada, Manfrotto, Beau Photo, Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA), and the North Shore Photographic Society (NSPS). They also voted for the People’s Choice award of prints from NSPS members. This year’s winner was Geoffrey Shuen.

While scores were tallied, runners delivered door prizes to lucky ticket-holders. We thank all the generous sponsors who contributed merchandise and photography courses as prizes: APAC, Beau Photo, Betty Andres, CAPA, Image Explorations, Kerrisdale Cameras, Langara College, Lowepro, Photo Expert, PPOC, Random Light Photo, Tilley Endurables, Vancouver Photo Workshops, with special thanks to our Supporting Sponsor, Epson Canada, who contributed three photographic printers! Our sponsors’ contribution was essential to the success of Challenge 2014. Please show your appreciation by giving them your business.

Event Gallery

Although individual and club images were shown and judged in a single stream, separate CAPA bronze, silver, and gold medals were awarded to each category.

In the individual category, the gold CAPA medal went to Brian Asmussen, for “Ball Bobbing” (26 points), Linda Anne Baker won silver for “On the Attack” (25 points), and bronze went to Devin Manky for “Violet Visions” (24 points).

Top Images Gallery – Individual Category

The winning club entries were: gold to Phil Dyer of Abbotsford Photo Arts Club for “Alone” (26 points), silver to Kristin Stusiak of Clear Focus Camera Club for “Spring Fling” (25 points) and bronze to Randy Dyke, also of Clear Focus Camera Club, for “End of Time” (24 points).

Top Images – Club Category

Because the gold-medal winners in the individual and club categories were tied at 26 points each (exceptional scores, out of a ‘perfect’ 27), a judges’ decision was needed to break the tie for Best of Show. After due deliberation, the NSPS Best of Show medal and the grand prize of an Epson Style R3000 photo printer donated by Epson Canada were awarded to Phil Dyer for “Alone.”

Individual and club categories were well matched in quality not only in the top entries, but in the entire run. The average score for club entries was 20.20, slightly edged by the individual entries which averaged 20.45. That edge can perhaps be attributed to the work of the screening judging panel (Dennis Ducklow, Cim MacDonald, and Sheena Wilkie) who reduced the long list of individual submissions to the NSC 2014 list of finalists.

The final competition was for the North Shore Photographic Challenge trophy, awarded to the CAPA club with the highest point total for its six images. The North Shore Photographic Society came in third place, with 128 points. Second place was won by the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club, with 131 points. First place, and the trophy, went to Delta Photo Club, who led by far with an impressive 136 point total!

Thanks to all of you—clubs and individuals—who entered the Challenge and inspired other photographers with your unique vision. Thanks again to our sponsors. And thanks to the NSPS volunteers whose efforts and good judgement made the show a smooth-running success: Jason Duncan (MC), Merilyn Hicks (announcer), Ray Rogers (website enhancements), Gregory Johnson (image collection and organization), Bill Kearney (projection), Piotr Mazur (scorekeeping), Carol Coleman (print coordinator for People’s Choice), Gordon Cornwall (promotions), Michael Elkan (website maintenance), Peter Owens (ticket sales), Rober Burns (score relayer), Margo Dornan for finding the judges, Rick Shapka for lining up the individual entry pre-selection panel, David Laronde for organizing the pre-selection process, Victoria Low for organizing the runners, the runners themselves, others, and especially Norah Corbet who, as Challenge Coordinator, took responsibility for pulling the whole thing together. Everyone’s contributions combined to make Challenge 2014 a stunning success!

Gordon Cornwall, for the 2014 Challenge Organizing Committee






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