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Vancouver’s photographers urged to get snapping: photo contest

Photo of Stanley Park and Coal Harbour by Don Enright

Novice and seasoned nature photographers in Vancouver are urged to get out their cameras and get snapping to be in with a chance of winning a new photo contest that kicks off on April 6, 2013.

Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) is hosting a photography contest from April 6 to 14 that puts Stanley Park’s wildlife, nature, special places, and people in focus. Running over the course of an entire week including two weekends, photographers are encouraged to head out to Stanley Park with their cameras from April 6 through 14 and get snapping for a chance to win some great prizes.

Photo of female blue dasher by Don Enright

"With a focus on Vancouver’s most beloved Park, this photo contest is a great way for people of all ages and skill levels to get close to nature and learn something new and fascinating about the Park. You never know what wild wonders you might capture," said Patricia Thomson, SPES Executive Director.

“People have documented their memories of Stanley Park since it was founded 125 years ago, and to this day the Park still captivates photographers with its picturesque vistas, towering trees and striking wildlife, exactly because of its special location and meaning to the community.”

The contest features three categories: nature, places and people. 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 judges are Vancouver-based wildlife photographer, National Geographic Explorer and member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Paul Colangelo, Juno-award winner Ben Worcester of Said the Whale, and entrepreneur and award-winning blogger (Miss 604) Rebecca Bollwitt.

The contest opens on April 4 and ends April 16, and the winners will be announced by April 24, 2013.  Images must be captured during the contest time frame.

Submitted mages will be showcased on SPES website, and the winning entries will be published in the Vancouver Courier and displayed at the Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon. The top 13 images will also be featured in a special edition 2014 calendar that SPES will sell to raise funds for its conservation and education projects in Stanley Park.

Photo of belted kingfisher by Liron Gertsman

The sponsors are the Fairmont Waterfront, the 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 print framing. The Vancouver Courier is a media sponsor.

More information about SPES’ photo contest can be found here.

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