The local Salvation Army has announced the winners of its recent photo contest.
A total of 78 photographers submitted 242 images, and public “loves” for the images reached over 3,300.
The contest, which ended July 31, invited photographers of all ages and skill levels to submit their images showcasing Abbotsford and Mission in five categories – seasonal, Mother Nature, wildlife, historical places, and landmarks and close-ups – to be featured in a fundraising calendar.
“We are so blown away by the incredible participation for this brand new fundraiser,” said Kim Hissink, fundraising co-ordinator for the Salvation Army. “We were not sure what to expect, but once the images started coming in March, we knew it was going to be a huge success.”
The judging team consisted of Davina Graham, owner of Photography by Davina; Larry Krause, ad manager with The Abbotsford News; and Tania Taylor of Murray GM.
The winners are as follows:
n grand prize – Kathy Burton’s A Pastoral Trail is now the 2022 calendar cover and is also featured in the month of April. She receives a $100 Keg gift card.
n second placed – Robert Novac’s image of a coyote is featured in the month of May, and he receives a $100 retail gift card.
• third place – David Loewen’s Mission Bridge is featured in the month of June, and he will receive a $75 retail gift card.
n People’s Choice Award – Keith Clark’s 3 Gents on Montrose Avenue received 145 “loves.” A special icon will appear on his image that will be featured in the month of October. He will also receive a $50 retail gift card.
The remaining winning images were submitted by photographers Anika Connon, Carl Erickson, Chelsea Clarke, Chloe Donaldson, Cynthia Clarke, Dan Hutchinson, Doreen Jung, Emily Marazzi, Greg Cross, Jarin Skett, Judi Warkentin, Maya Nair, Michael Snell, Tanner Geringer, Tony Mayo and Zachary Loewen.
The 2022 calendar will be on sale for $15 starting Sept. 20 at the community booth in Sevenoaks Shopping Centre and at the Centre of Hope on Gladys Avenue.
The winning images will also be featured on the gallery wall near the community booth.
Sales from the calendars will support programs and services offered at The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope.