GRAND PRIZE - All Categories
Z. Hastings - Edmonton, AB
My name is Zoe Hastings. I am a 16 year old high school student who spends most of her free timing taking photos. I really started getting into photography in grade nine because of my amazing grade nine photographer teacher, who helped me develop my skills and work with me on photoshop activities. When I was staying at my summer cabin near Kaslo this summer, I went out on one of our daily boat rides around Kooteney lake. I was hoping to see some wildlife and take some sunset shots so I brought my camera along with me. My cousin ella (the girl in the photograph0 was having a blast riding at the front of the boat, with her hair flipping everywhere, so I decided to take a few shots of her as well, which turned out to work great. The camera I was shooting with is a Nikon D7000.
1st PLACE - Capture Canada
R. Postma - Whitehorse, YT
The northern Yukon is a place of many wonders and the aurora borealis are at the top of my list. To me, watching the ghostly curtains of light dancing across the night sky is a spiritual event. On this night, the aurora danced for over 3 hours and I photographed them with my friends along the banks of a tiny pond along the Dempster highway. The toughest part of this shot was catching my friends standing still during the 6 second exposure.
2nd PLACE - Capture Canada
V. Liu - Calgary, AB
It was a September trip to Yellowknife to photograph the Aurora Borealis. I chose to go in September because the sky in NWT is quite clear in Autumn, I didn't was to bet my luck on unpredictable weather and I wanted fall colors. During my stay, I could see the northern lights almost every night. One of my best location of shooting was a deserted gold mine near town. It had a underground explosion in the 90's the giant elevators & carts had been left on the ground for over 20 years. The rusty look of these structures in front of an aurora borealis shot perfect & I spent one night shooting the amazing sky. I was the only soul there that night, but the light was incredible; changing colors & shapes every second, just like a dancing spirit. I kept shooting, shooting, & shooting and at one moment, the light formed a diagonal line.
3rd PLACE - Capture Canada
V. Lui - Calgary, AB
I took this photo around sunset time in Tonquin valley of Jasper national park.
1st PLACE - Faces Around the World
T. Feener - Calgary, AB
The region known as The Dragon's Backbone was once considered the bread-basket of China. The tiny village of Dazhai is the entry point to this wonderful area where rice terraces are dug into the surrounding mountainside and local hill tribe women wash their long black hair in the cold rivers for tourists to photographs. We spent 5 days in their village photographing the locals and watching the large number of Chinese tourist who flock here every Autumn.
2nd PLACE - Faces Around the World
B. Jay - Regina, SK
A young Zambian girl waits in anticipation to see if drilling will provide a clean water source for her village of Chiyumbembe. The local water stream had completely dried up quite some time ago and the women and children have had to walk either two kilometres one way to a stagnant pool of dirty water or walk over five kilometres one way to the nearest well. This young girl knows a successful borehole will mean herself and the women of her village will no longer have to carry 20 litre containers for hours long walks and instead a short path from their homes will lead to clear sparkling water, oh, 'will it be...' And yes, the well drilling team was successful!, a hand pumped was installed, and now a good flow of clean clear water supplies the village!
3RD Place - Faces Around The World
L. Myers - Ottawa, ON
Taken in Iloilo, Philippines, during the Dinagyang Fiesta.
1st PLACE - Global Travel
R. Postma - Whitehorse, YT
Iceland is a land of myth and legend. It is also a country of unsurpassed natural beauty and history. Around the island, it is dotted with old abandoned farms and houses that stand as a testament to the robustness of her inhabitants. This derelict, which is along the south coast of the Snaefellsness Peninsula has been there since the 1930's and has seen its fair share of wind, rain, snow, sleet and sunshine. If these walls could speak, what tales would they spin? This is a six minute exposure taken at noon. I used a ten stop neutral density filter with a 3 stop graduated neutral density filter to retian the detail in the cloud. Aperture was f/22.
2nd PLACE - Global Travel
N. Bullers - Vancouver BC
I'm a fan of Grand Central Stations & movies shot there; The Untouchables being a favorites. I did not have a tripod with me, so balanced the camera on the staircase rail to get a long enough exposure to slightly blur the people & to get enough light to bring out the shadow detail. Standing in this wonderful building, I new that it would be black & white to best bring out the sense of the history. I wanted the people blurred to help capture the non-stop activity of this building so experimented with shutter speed & ways to trigger the camera with causing shake. Shortly after taking this picture, I had to try & stop a baby carriage from falling down the steps while people were shooting at me...oh no wait, that was the movie. Canon 7D, Canon Lens, ISO 100, F14, 2.0 sec, Shot in Raw format, Post Process Adobe Lightroom 4
3rd PLACE - Global Travel
J. Huyer - Canmore, AB
This beautiful town is located just north of the Arctic circle, and is adjacent to the magnificent Jakobshavn Glacier that continuously churns ice into the fjord at a fantastic rate. This ensures that the waters surrounding the town are choked with icebergs big and small. I walked all through the town looking for vantage points to show off the gorgeous scenery, and was particularly impressed with this view. I spent a fair bit of time composing the image, and was quite happy to be able to capture some reflection in between the ice chunks.
1st PLACE - Nature
G. Doyle - Calgary, AB
Survivor was shot on the Yellowstone River during a Vision Quest, a lone man's journey by snowmobile in a snow bound Yellowstone National Park. I had been following three coyotes down the river as I shot pictures of geysers & other wildlife. On an exposed river bank this scene played out as the otter screamed & ran for its life. The title denotes how the story ends...additional shots int he series show the otter escape under the ice & when the coast is clear 2 otters celebrate surviving another day as they play on the ice. An amazing day in life....so motivating that later tha evening while snowmobiling in the dark the West Yellowstone that the concept of my company was created & life changed. When faced with your back against the wall think of Survivor.
2nd PLACE - Nature
A. Sud - Winnipeg, MB
Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California While attending a photography workshop in Death Valley, I ventured away from our group of participants to do some exploration on my own. I chose to concentrate on the Mesquite sand dunes in late evening light, particularly to focus on the contrast and texture brought out by the low angle of the sun. In creating this image, I brought my tripod legs very close together and stood on my tiptoes to achieve the highest vantage point possible. This was a necessity in order to allow the farthest dune to occupy the greatest proportion of the image dimensions. The Mesquite sand dunes remain among my favorite destinations within the park; a photographer's sandbox if you will.
3rd PLACE - Nature
A. Sud - Winnipeg, MB
Sunrise, Rural India While driving down a rural road at dawn, I spotted this stand of trees enshrouded in dense fog. Working the subject, the backlit trees began to take on an ethereal quality as the sun crested the horizon, bathing the scene with the warm tones of sunrise. I was fortunate to have stumbled across this location and grateful that my family patiently afforded me the time to wait for the right moment before moving on.