You travelled the world and then shared the highlights of your summer vacation with us.
And after deliberating, the winners of this year’s edition of the Brock News’ summer vacation photo contest have been chosen.
Award-winning photojournalist Denis Cahill eyed the nearly 100 colourful entries and came up with two winners and three shutterbugs worthy of honourable mention.
First Place: Three boys racing and splashing at the beach by David Sharron, University archivist and head of special collections.
“Easy to look at with legs, arms and water showing motion even though the shutter froze the action to a split second,” Cahill said about Sharron’s entry.
“The blurred distant shoreline keeps your eye focused on the trio in the foreground. The photographer did an excellent job with additional help from the exuberance of youth.”
Sharron wins two tickets to the performance of Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal at the Centre for the Arts on Nov. 23.
Second Place: A person navigates a sampan under willow branches in a narrow canal by business student Julia Yan.
“This photo is all about peace and tranquility,” Cahill said. “While a tighter crop would have improved the image, the photographer managed to use an overhead perch to catch the red deck and perfectly placed feet. Plenty of reflections, soft hues and hanging branches have created a wonderful three-dimensional, travel poster-like image.”
Yan wins a $50 gift card from Brock Dining Services.
Honourable mentions went to:
Business communications student Alexandra Lavigne’s “thoughtful image of a woman about to toss a coin in Rome’s Trevi fountain.” Cahill said the photo creates a true holiday keepsake.
“You have to wonder what was she wishing?”
Sociology Chair Kate Bezanson’s photo of her son, Joshua, doing a cannon-ball off a dock into Oak Lake near Havelock.
“A really great angle and perfect timing makes the image so real,” Cahill said. “And the off-centre composition and the large expanse of open water gives the image a unique dimension.”
Rob Smith, a student in Applied Health Sciences, and his shot of a bright red crab sitting on the side of a big black rock.
“The composition and lighting is perfect,” Cahill said. “One might think it is a black and white image with the lone crustacean painted red in Photoshop. This photographer has a keen eye.”