Highland grad Rebecca Bundschuh wins top photography prize

A Highland Secondary School graduate was announced recently as one of the top prize winners in Nikon International's Emerging Talent Awards. Rebecca Bundschuh of Rebecca Amber Photography, who grew up in Comox and is now based in Squamish, was recognized for her work Going to the Chapel.

GOING TO THE CHAPEL got a former Comox photographer recognized in an international Nikon competition.

GOING TO THE CHAPEL got a former Comox photographer recognized in an international Nikon competition.

A Highland Secondary School graduate was announced recently as one of the top prize winners in Nikon International’s Emerging Talent Awards.

Rebecca Bundschuh of Rebecca Amber Photography grew up in Comox and now based in Squamish, was recognized for her work Going to the Chapel.

Nikon’s Heart of the Image contest is billed as the biggest international photography competition in the world. Bundschuh won a Nikon Coolpix P7000 plus her bio and a mini gallery of some of her work will be uploaded on the Nikon International website and exhibited in galleries in Tokyo, Osaka and London as part of the prize in the near future.

The 2010-2011 was the largest contest to date, judged by a panel of 10 renowned judges from all parts of the world. Since the contest’s inception, the Nikon Photo Contest International has steadily gained notoriety with photographers from every corner of the Earth with more than 333,000 photographers submitting over 1,370,000 photos.

The contest in 2010-11 attracted the highest number of entries in its history, with over 60,000 entries from 23,308 applicants in 153 countries and regions.

The Nikon Photo Contest International is open to all photographers, professional or amateur, from any part of the world. The 33rd contest invited submissions in two categories under the themes of Free subject and Energy.

The judging procedure spanned three days, which included preliminary examinations which narrowed down the selection from over 60,000 entries to approximately 3,500 entries.

After the preliminary examination, the 3,500 works were divided into groups within each section. Judges then selected their top choices.

Those top works would then be placed onto a table and all judges would vote on the best work. After two days of repeating this procedure, the choices were narrowed to 180 works.

By the third day, all works underwent a selection process and the award winners were determined. These entries did not simply advance by the amount of votes each received, but also after undergoing discussions facilitated by the chief judge.

In you visit www.nikon-npci.com/eng/results/2010-2011/award/emerging/index.htm, Rebecca’s winning photo and description plus comments by one of the judges can be found under Emerging Talent Award~ Free Subject.

Rebecca is a wedding/family/lifestyle/commercial photographer based in Squamish but has photographed weddings in Maui, Whistler, Tofino, Comox, Calgary and Vancouver.

For more information, visit www.rebeccaamber.com or phone her at  604-849-5877.