Photo depicts Patricia Lake in July of 2011

A time to share vision and talent

Area camera club announces 2013's edition of its annual photo contest

Spring is a wonderful time, not only for the changes in our outdoor surroundings, but because many cameras come out of their carrying cases and get put to use at this time.  That’s not only true for enthusiasts, but for regular folks as well… we all become photographers in the spring!

That is why the West Kootenay Camera Club (WKCC) chooses the spring to announce its annual photo show, competition and exhibition.  Once again (for the 23rd year) we invite everyone in this wonderful part of the world to join in and share their talents, interests and experiences in photography by submitting their selection of pictures.

Competent CAPA and/or PSA qualified judges will evaluate the entries and comment on their strengths and what improvements could have been made.  Good photography is something we all admire and there is no better way to improve our skills than to have our photographs evaluated by independent, qualified and friendly people who have been down that same road themselves. They have much to contribute to the rest of us who want to improve.

Several interesting photo categories will be available this year; they are:

1. Wildlife  2. Nature  3. Human Interest   4.  Creative Images   5.  Flowers, Plants, or Fruit  6.  Portraiture  7.  Architecture    8. Travel   9. Weather  10. Open (not in another category).

These categories give lots of latitude for everyone’s interests and many opportunities to express the varied experiences we encounter, whether at home or in our travels and activities away.  There is seldom a really bad time to have that camera out and sharing this exciting world and the lives we live with others.

The competition rules and definitions of the categories are detailed on the entry form and available on the club website- www.westkootenaycameraclub.com.

You can download the entry forms to fill out, or pick them up from one of these local businesses: Doell Photo (Trail), Kel Print (Castlegar), or Kokanee Camera Co. (Nelson).  Completed entry forms would be attached to the back of each photo entered and dropped off at these same business locations.

Three entries are permitted for each category with a limit of 10 entries for the competition as a whole.

Entry fees of $6.00 per photo are required ($4.00 for club members) and each one should be titled or have the location of the subject matter indicated.

The deadline for entries to be dropped off is April 30.

Email contact with the WKCC is contact@westkootenaycameraclub.com.

There are several club contact people eager to help with your queries.  They are; Jim Ford (250 365 6216) jubat41@gmail.com, Eileen Henschell (250 364 2878) suzi3q@telus.net, and Cal Him (250 365 3804) calhim@shaw.ca.

You will want to know the details of how to submit your entries, such as photo sizes permitted, mounting methods and mat options.  These details are outlined in the rules on the entry forms and online at the club website.

The rules are not complicated and various options permit artful displays of your various photographs.

This is the kind of event that bonds our community and enriches all our lives.

Please feel free to join in…welcome to all, be you a novice or an accomplished photographer. We’d love to share your unique and personal perspectives on life in the Kootenays, of which we’re all so fond.

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