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Sharpshooters come to the North Shore for major competition

NICE SHOT -  Past winners of the North Shore Photographic Challenge from B.C. and the Yukon.  - North Shore Photographic Challenge
NICE SHOT - Past winners of the North Shore Photographic Challenge from B.C. and the Yukon.
— image credit: North Shore Photographic Challenge

Shutterbugs from as far away as Whitehorse are already beginning to swarm West Vancouver in anticipation of this weekend’s 29th annual North Shore Photographic Challenge.

The Saturday event at the Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts is expected to draw upwards of 300 unique photographic entries from as many shooters across B.C. and Yukon.

While contest entries are restricted to Canadian Association for Photographic Art club members, there are tickets available for those just wanting to come check out the local and traveling talent.

Promoter Gordon Cornwall says the North Shore challenge is widely regarded as the premier photographic expo in Western Canada, and has been for almost three decades now.

“Here, almost anything goes in terms of subject matter,” he told The Outlook on Tuesday. “But really in terms of judging criteria, there’s a technical side… and then there’s composition.”

Digital “photo illustrations” and the use of image-manipulating software aren’t discouraged in this competition, he said, but neither is a good old-fashioned nature shot.

“As long as it has visual impact, that’s the key thing. The judges are looking at each photo for three seconds, maybe five seconds, and then they have to score it. So it has to be upfront, bang — a powerful image.”

Each of the 28 photo clubs participating this year is selecting 10 photos from 10 different photographers to be screened on the projector at the Kay Meek theatre Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

Photography-related prizes for the top three individual photographers, as well as for the overall top-scoring club, are provided by event sponsors, including a District of North Vancouver prize allowing a photographer to be embedded for a day with a North Van district firefighting crew.

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