First place: Travel
Richmond, British Columbia
PAUSING TO APPRECIATE the natural
world is Keith Leung’s inspiration for shooting a perfect photo.
“There are lots of beautiful things around
us,” says Leung, who fixes computers and
works as a freelance photographer. “I try to
slow down and stop and really see things.”
One evening last April, Leung headed to
White Rock, British Columbia, from his
home in nearby Richmond, eager to try out
his new camera, a Nikon D800. He found a
spot by the shore, overlooking the pedestrian
footbridge. He sat thinking for about 15 min-
utes before he was ready to take the winning
photo. Using a long-exposure technique, he
opened the aperture and got the moving
water to blur.
Leung says the photo, titled “Promised,”
was inspired by Hebrews 9: 15 of the Bible,
which speaks about redemption. Before he
shoots a photo, it’s his practice to sit and
reflect, waiting for an image or a verse from
the Bible to inspire him.
Leung’s interest in photography started
about five years ago during a walk to work. A
devout Christian, he was seeking God’s guidance on a personal struggle when he looked
up in the sky. At that moment, he saw a bird
pass by a beautiful, unusual cloud. He wished
he had a camera to capture the beauty. He
says, “In my mind I had an idea, this is a really
good picture.”—Allison Lawlor
First place: Mobile
Kelowna, British Columbia;
The right place, time
AS A PROFESSIONAL artist and a luxury
furniture craftsman living in an electronic
age, Costco member Trent Breitkreutz uses
cameras instead of sketchbooks to capture
images that might inspire him.
;So when Breitkreutz visited the Calgary
Zoo with his young family in spring 2013 and
saw a peacock displaying its feathers, he
instinctively snapped a photo with his iPhone.
“My 3-year-old daughter, Ruby, was
wearing a brightly coloured sweater, and the
peacock reacted to it and started showing his
feathers,” he recalls.
; Though it was only one of the dozens of
shots he took that day (“much to my wife’s
chagrin,” quipped;Breitkreutz), he said the
colour and composition of the photo caught
“Everything was blurry except for the
peacock, which was in perfect focus,” he says.
Though Breitkreutz intended to use the
photo as a subject for one of his abstract
paintings, which normally fetch between
$1,500 and $8,000, he says his wife, Melanie,
had other ideas.
;“She wanted me to enter it in (the Costco
Photo Contest),” says;Breitkreutz. “I’d never
been in a contest before, but she really liked
the picture and thought it would do well, so
she sent it in for me.”—Mark Cardwell