Rod Jones of Abbotsford has been named the Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year in B.C.

Amateur photographer of the year contest winners announced

The contest generated more than 2,000 entries, representing 35 B.C. communities, from North Vancouver to Vernon.



Rod Jones of Abbotsford has been named the Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year in B.C.

He won the prestigious title as part of the Your Best Shot contest, presented by London Drugs, Black Press and the Abbotsford International Airshow.

The contest generated more than 2,000 entries, from which 60 finalists were selected, representing 35 B.C. communities, from North Vancouver to Vernon.

The finalists were provided VIP tickets to the annual airshow and asked to submit photos in three categories, best air photo, best static photo and best crowd shot. In addition, the public had the opportunity to vote for their favourite for the people’s choice award.

Winners of the individual categories were:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best air photo: Su Wolfe of Mission, who earned a $1,000 gift certificate, compliments of London Drugs.

 

Best static photo: Rod Jones of Abbotsford, who received a $500 London Drugs gift certificate. The award winning static picture taken by Jones is featured below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best crowd photo: Vincent Montefrio of Surrey ($200 London Drugs gift certificate)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The People’s Choice Award went to Christina Dutkowski of Mission, who won tickets to Cirque Musica.

 

A panel of judges reviewed all the winning entries and on Thursday night, Jones was awarded the title of photographer of the year.

Jones said he was shocked when his name was called out.

“It absolutely just blew me away it was like wow,” he said.

He knew there was some stiff competition for the title.

“I looked at everything and thought wow, I can’t imagine how hard it would be to judge all that stuff because there was so much good stuff,” he said.

Jones first started dabbling in photography in 2005. His wife was a volunteer at the radical raptors show at the Greater Vancouver Zoo. He thought it would be fun to take pictures as she played with the birds.

“That’s what got me started.”

He called the contest a great event.

“The whole experience was just fantastic. Black Press and London Drugs just treated us fantastically,” he said.

Jones plans to use his prize to purchase “a piece” for his camera.

Participating in the awards presentation was assistant store manager Anne Neuman, and assistant camera department manager William Ness.

“The pictures were fantastic all of them … you would not think amateur by any sense of the imagination,” said Neuman.

“Those pictures looked phenomenal and you could tell by the looks on the people’s faces when they were seeing their photos that they really got a great deal of pleasure out of being acknowledged and were proud of what they’d done.”

She said it was great to host the event on Thursday night.

“It was a nice idea and event for the community. It was nice to be a part of it,” she added.

Abbotsford Airshow operations manager Kate Witoszkin was also present.

It was the largest contest ever completed at The News/Black Press, generating more than 36,000 votes for the People’s Choice award in a three-week period. More photos of this contest at Facebook.com/myabbynews.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Body of 21-year-old man found in Okanagan Lake

BC Coroners Service is investigting the circumstances of the man’s death

LETTER: Revelstoke does not need proposed Hay Rd. development

The development calls for 60 housing units

Which streets in Revelstoke have the most crashes?

The data was recently released by ICBC

LETTER: Kiss the caribou goodbye

Kiss the caribou goodbye Revelstoke! The $1.1 million funding from the B.C.… Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Improving highway safety

Highway 97 has seen plenty of collisions and accidents over the years

Airlines dispute Dr. Henry’s claim they ‘very rarely’ give accurate COVID contact tracing info

Air Canada, WestJet say they provide names and contact information

Workplace design: Are you grown up enough to work from home?

Columnist Jules Galloway is the founder/owner of Evolve Design| Build

Kelowna RCMP discover more imitation firearms used in crimes

RCMP say the fake guns can be hard to distinguish from the real ones

Dyer: Replacing dam and solar power

Research indicates Canada could replace 100% of power from dams with solar, using only 13% of the land

Airborne hot dog strikes Greater Victoria pedestrian

Police called to 4200-block of Quadra Street for hot dog incident

Kootnekoff: CEWS expanded and extended

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years

B.C. scientist, 63, protests in trees set to be removed for Trans Mountain pipeline

Tim Takaro is reaching new heights as he tries to stall the pipeline expansion project in New Westminster

Police investigate North Okanagan truck fire

‘At this time, investigators are treating the fire as suspicious,’ says Cpl. Tania Finn

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Most Read