2017 Grand Prize Winner
       
     
1st Place Capture Canada
       
     
2nd Place Capture Canada
       
     
3rd Place Capture Canada
       
     
1st Place Faces Around the World
       
     
2nd Place Faces Around the World
       
     
3rd Place Faces Around the World
       
     
1st Place Global Travel
       
     
2nd Place Global Travel
       
     
3rd Place Global Travel
       
     
1st Place Nature
       
     
2nd Place Nature
       
     
3rd Place Nature
       
     
2017 Grand Prize Winner
       
     
2017 Grand Prize Winner

"Old Havana" by Shane Gross

Theme:  Global Travel

I imagine this scene could have just as easily been captured in Havana, Cuba in 1960 as it was now in 2017. It's like a time capsule. 

1st Place Capture Canada
       
     
1st Place Capture Canada

"Enchanted" Forest by Nicholas Taffs

Just before heading off to bed I received an email alert forecasting aurora activity expected throughout the night. After much debate, I decided to head out in spite of the fact I had to work in the morning. As I left the lights of the city I knew I made the right choice. The northern lights had fully lit the sky to the north. I was rather unprepared for the event and did not have any ideal locations to capture the full extent of the aurora. By the time I made it to my location, the aurora was lighting up the sky from north to south in the most brilliant display I have ever experienced. Just before I packed it in for the night I was walking back to my car through a pine forest and took one last look up and captured this image.     

2nd Place Capture Canada
       
     
2nd Place Capture Canada

"Laundry Day" by Robert Ganz

Driving through the Maritimes, I saw a clothesline out with nothing but dozens of colourful caps.

3rd Place Capture Canada
       
     
3rd Place Capture Canada

"Bow's Head" by David Youn

My recent work is focused on playing with "still" in still life.  I want to demonstrate the dynamic nature of Calgary.  Both its beauty and its vibrant energy.   There are many takes of the Bow Building sculpture "wonderland". This is my take.

1st Place Faces Around the World
       
     
1st Place Faces Around the World

"Smoke in his Eyes" by Jennifer Rutledge

A lovely gentlemen stopped to allow me to take his photograph while he was preparing dinner over a small outdoor fire near Dasada, Gujurat, India. 

2nd Place Faces Around the World
       
     
2nd Place Faces Around the World

"Native Pride" by Wendy Royer

Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton,  hosts many festivals and this fellow was enjoying the activities with his friends.

3rd Place Faces Around the World
       
     
3rd Place Faces Around the World

"Street Cleaner" by Wendy Royer

In Old Havana this man's job is to walk the streets with a broom and garbage can.

1st Place Global Travel
       
     
1st Place Global Travel

"At the Precipice" by Richard Vandegriend

There is something about standing at the Precipice of Dettifos in Iceland, that without any railings and barricades, truly connects you with the raw power of the falls.  Reported to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe, the deafening roar of falling water and gentle spray of mist on your face further draws you in.  The woman in the foreground provides great perspective of the experience.  

2nd Place Global Travel
       
     
2nd Place Global Travel

"Kolmanskop" by Robert Postma

This is an eerie place. Kolmanskop is an abandoned diamond town in Namibia. Empty since the 1950's, the desert has begun to reclaim the buildings. I was alone save for the wind in these buildings that could tell stories if the walls could speak.

3rd Place Global Travel
       
     
3rd Place Global Travel

"A Nightly Scramble" by Richard Vandegriend

The Shinjuku crossing in Tokyo provides a quintessential experience and glimpse into to bustle of the city.  The image was difficult to capture as I struggled to find a unobtrusive spot for my tripod amongst the flow of pedestrians.  Despite it being nighttime, there was so much light coming off the billboards and buildings that I had needed a neutral density filter to sufficiently slow my shutter speed to create the blur of the pedestrians, creating the sense of movement.  

1st Place Nature
       
     
1st Place Nature

"Circle of Life" Jennifer Kucherawy

In a peaceful transition of life into death, standing motionless in the Sabi Sands of South Africa, this male impala seemed to offer no resistance to the powerful jaws of this male leopard.  

2nd Place Nature
       
     
2nd Place Nature

Celestial Dance by Robert Postma

Taken in the far north of the Yukon, the aurora dance quickly and silently above the Fishing Branch River. I've seen many displays in my time but the pinks in this one were the best I have seen. They lasted about an hour as well. Wow indeed!

3rd Place Nature
       
     
3rd Place Nature

"Thanks, Mom" by Jonathan Huyer

Two newborn polar bear cubs show their affection for Mom.  Photographed in the Davis Strait, offshore Baffin Island