Prominent Vancouverites lend their support to photo contest

Raccoon by Don Enright.

Raccoon by Don Enright.

A star-studded judging panel of celebrated Vancouverites will be choosing the winners of a new photo contest that brings Stanley Park’s nature, special places and people into focus from April 6-14, 2013.

Organized by Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES), the photo contest will be judged by Vancouver-based wildlife photographer and National Geographic Explorer, Paul Colangelo; entrepreneur and award-winning blogger (Miss 604) Rebecca Bollwitt; and Juno-award winning artist Ben Worcester of Said the Whale.

Louise Pedersen, SPES’ photo contest organizer said: “We are very excited to have been able to assemble such a fantastic panel of judges who are creative and clever in each their own way, who are passionate about Stanley Park, and who realize the value of not only connecting people with nature via photography, but also the power that images can have in enthusing the rest of us about nature on our doorstep.”

Paul Colangelo said: “Stanley Park is the place I return to whenever I get back to Vancouver from photography expeditions. This Park was my stomping ground when I first got serious about nature photography, and SPES was actually one of the first organizations to use my images in their publications.”

Rebecca Bollwit: said: “My favourite place in the city is Stanley Park, no doubt about it. I come here every week to find new energy and inspiration for my work and for life in general, and I always bring my camera because you never know what you might come across.”

The contest features three categories: nature, places and people in Stanley Park. There’s also a special category strictly for youth entries (up to 18 years). Winning photos will be selected in all three categories and in the youth category. Participation is free.

The contest opens on April 6 and ends April 14, and the winners will be announced by April 24, 2013.  Images must be captured during the contest period.

The contest is sponsored by local businesses in and around Stanley Park, including Fairmont Waterfront, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Times Square Suites, Fish House in Stanley Park, the Teahouse in Stanley Park, Prospect Point Café and CPG Systems Inc. Prizes include hotel stays, restaurant certificates and a certificate for a gallery wrapped canvas print.

More information about SPES’ photo contest can be found here: www.stanleyparkecology.ca/photo-contest