The City of Charlottetown, in partnership with Discover Charlottetown, is pleased to announce the winners of the Picture Charlottetown Photo Contest.
The public was invited to submit photos of Charlottetown between July 4 to October 31. Local photographer Brian McInnis, Beth Hoar of Green Thumb Photography, and Holland College Photography and Digital Imaging Instructor Alex Murchison judged the photos based on originality, creativity, technical quality, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.
The Top 10 photos were featured in an exhibit at City Hall from November 28 to December 1 and the public was invited to vote for their favourite.
In total, the City received more than 350 submissions.
"We achieved what we set out to do with this photo contest and that was to engage the community and encourage creativity," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The judges did not have an easy task. There were many excellent entries, including ones that highlighted our beautiful landscape, rich history, and our diversity and culture. We were impressed with what we saw and enjoyed getting a glimpse of the places and people that inspire our visitors and residents."
Photo submissions were divided into two categories; youth (17 years of age and under) and adult (18 years and older). Once the winners were chosen in the overall categories, the remaining photos were categorized into the following subjects:
• Flora and Fauna – photos of plants and animals in the urban environment
• Scenes – landscapes, seascapes, shorelines, beaches, streetscapes, etc.
• People – images of the people who make Charlottetown great
• Places – infrastructure, architecture, buildings, statues, etc.
The winners of the Picture Charlottetown Photo Contest are as follows:
- Grand Prize (adult category): Alana Sprague – $750 cash, 1-night accommodation at The Holman Grand Hotel, 2 tickets to a 2017 performance at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
- Second Place (adult category): Jordi Segers – $100 cash, $100 gift card for Ellen’s Creek Gallery and jewelry from Swoon Creations.
- Honourable Mention (adult category): Iain Macleod - $50 gift card and jewelry from Swoon Creations.
- Grand Prize (youth category): Nicole Yard – $250 cash, Cow’s Ultimate Kids’ Prize Package, 4 Harbour Hippo Passes and 4 theatre tickets from The Guild for Anne & Gilbert - The Musical.
- Second Place (youth category): Julie Daniels - $100 Owl’s Hollow gift card, and tickets to an Island Storm game.
- People’s Choice Award: Kara Mackenzie - $100 Downtown Charlottetown Dollars from DCI’s Downtown Dollars Program
- Honourable Mention (youth category): Nate Walsh - $50 gift card
- Honourable Mention (Flora and Fauna): Matthew Beardsley - $25 gift card
- Honourable Mention (Scenes): Mark McCaffrey - $25 gift card
- Honourable Mention (People): Michele Benoit Guignard - $25 gift card
- Honourable Mention (Places): Kara MacKenzie - $25 gift card
"With this photo contest, we were given an opportunity that we rarely get – to be able to see this great city through the lens of some of the artists in our community," said Councillor Terry MacLeod, Chair of the City’s Human Resources, Communications and Administration committee. "Congratulations to those who were recognized by the judges for their photographs and thank-you to everyone who submitted a photo into the contest. It takes courage to share your art with others, especially in such a public way, and we appreciate each and every photograph that was shared with us."
This project was made possible thanks to our partner, Discover Charlottetown, and local sponsors including: The Holman Grand, Owl’s Hollow, Bell Aliant Centre, Old Home Week, The Cocoon, PEI Jazz and Blues Festival, Red Shores Racetrack and Casino, Gemini Screen Print and Embroidery, The 10 Spot, Swoon Creations, Nurturing Essence Raw Chocolate, Awakened Wild, Emalee Wildflower, Moonsnail Soapworks, Luna Eclectic Emporium, Nessya’s Gems and Jewels, Emmett and Ellie’s Antiques, PEI Photo Lab, Murphy Hospitality Group, Ellen’s Creek Gallery, Downtown Charlottetown, Lucky Fox, Lucy Maud Dining Room, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Cows, The Guild and the Harbour Hippo.
To view the winning photographs, visit the City’s webpage at: www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown
The Top 10 photos are available to media by request.
Photo cutline: Alana Sprague, left, and Nicole Yard, right, received their prize packs from Councillor Terry MacLeod, Chair of the City’s Human Resources, Communications and Administration committee. Sprague’s photo won the grand prize in the adult category and Yard’s won the grand prize in the youth category.