Friday, May 21, 2010

Winners of the Mayor’s Environment Expo High School Photography Contest Announced

The City of Calgary 2010 Mayor’s Environment Expo team is pleased to announce that the grand prize winner of this year’s High School Photography Contest is Grade 11 student Cynthia Quan of John G. Diefenbaker High School. She captured first place with her stunning shot in the natural community category of a housefly atop a brilliant green leaf, entitled “Inconspicuous existence.”

This is Quan’s second year taking grand prize in the contest. She won in the very first Mayor’s Environment Expo High School Photography Contest in 2009.

“I truly enjoy photography as I believe life is full of joys and special moments, and there is no better way than using camera to capture all of these,” said Quan. “I felt that this submitted photo gives me or others a lot of inspiration and a new view and conception of the natural environment.”

Taking second and third grand prizes are:
  • Gregary Groeneveld, Crescent Heights High School – second prize (Natural Community category)
  • Elizabeth Shaw, Lord Beaverbrook High School – third prize (Community in Action category)
First and second grand prize winners were awarded with a digital camera and third grand prize with a digital picture frame at an awards presentation at the Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts on May 20. The 12 finalists and two honorable mentions received an enlarged copy of their photograph on canvas.

Seventy photos were submitted by Calgary students in the four categories of natural community, community in action, green architecture and community projects. They were narrowed down to the finalists in each category and the grand prize winners by a panel of six judges on April 29, following specific criteria. The panel of judges included City of Calgary employees and 2010 Mayor’s Environment Expo sponsors and partners.

“The photos were phenomenal,” said Sarah Dmytryshyn, contest judge and Suncor Energy representative on the Expo organizing committee. “A lot of creativity went into the photos, that was obvious. There was a really high calibre of talent.”

As part of the Mayor’s Environment Expo, the photography contest encourages high school students to consider the environmental community that surrounds them and to take action to protect it. The resulting photographs give insight into how our future leaders look at our environment.

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