Debra Rolston's winning image in 'Mirrors'

Youth click at Photopia

More than half of the 79 entrants were to the new, Under-18 section

An unprecedented deluge of images submitted to Photopia 2015 made selecting winners a challenge for judges in the annual image competition.

More than half of the 79 entrants were to the new, Under-18 section.  Organized by the CV Community Arts Council as part of Elevate The Arts festival, the exhibition Saturday in the Courtenay Library featured nearly 800 images shown on top-end, big-screen TVs loaned by McKay’s Electronics and Best Buy.

Kristy Knowlan’s creative chops were well recognized; she was chosen as the winner in both the ‘Self-Reflection’ and ‘Manipulated’ categories.

Debra Rolston won for her submission to ‘Mirrors’ and Sarah Seads won in the ‘Shadows’ category.  Dave Ingram’s entry in ‘Remembering’ brought him honour while Dennis McLaughlin’s work took top spot in ‘Opposites’.

Among the Under-18s, Aislynn Bush won in ‘Self-Reflection’, Joycelyn Poulton in ‘Mirrors’, Maya von Schilling in ‘Shadows.’ Daarien Kunz won in ‘Opposites’, Samantha Rae Harriss in ‘Remembering’ and Lizzie Gummer in ‘Manipulated’.

The Photopia 2015 theme was ‘Reflection’, in keeping with Elevate’s overall theme this year.

Photopia offered an opportunity for photographers to look at the world in varied and different ways, noted Linda Perron, one of the judges and in her day job the chair of the fine arts department at North Island College.

The submissions demonstrated “a vast range of interpretations” of each of the categories, she said.

She and fellow judges Gordon Ross and Lisa Graham found the work strong all around, while “the most inspiring images came from the youth category where young photographers challenged themselves with the theme and explored the categories,” she said.

Sponsors stepped up to help in a big way.  McKay’s brought some of the finest televisions available on the market in Canada, including a 79-inch curved 4k screen worth $12,000 and a 10-bit colour unit worth $7,250.

Affordable Framing, Sure Copy Centre, Staples, London Drugs, Best Buy and Backdoor Gallery all contributed to the prize packages that totalled over $800 in value.

“Big ups to everyone who took courage to participate,” said organizer Jamie Bowman.  “As an open exhibition, everyone’s images were shown.  The diversity and range was phenomenal, a true reflection of who we are as cultural people.”

 

Just Posted

Relay For Life unites community

Before the start of Relay For Life Comox Valley 2019, participating teams… Continue reading

DJ Shub headlines Cumberland’s Party in the Park

On the weekend of National Indigenous Peoples Day, and the summer solstice… Continue reading

Asian business owners adapt to life in the Valley

Government program helps labour market

Boomer’s Legacy Bike Ride raises more than $40,000

42 registered cyclists ride to Nanaimo and back

Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards receive Keep It Living Award

The Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards were recently honoured as recipients of Project Watershed’s… Continue reading

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Monkey spotted on late-night jaunt in Campbell River

Conservation officers also apparently looking for cougar in the area

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read