Contest invites photographers to capture the Okanagan

Grannies à Gogo’s 2017 photo contest which will result in a 2018 calendar

Amateur and professional photographers – how do you picture sharing our Okanagan?

The annual photo contest co-sponsored by “Grannìes à Gogo: the Vernon – South Africa Connection” and the Schubert Centre is focusing on the quintessential South African word, “Ubuntu.” The concept of Ubuntu is the universal bond of interconnectedness amongst all humanity – that a person is human through their compassion, positive attitude and concern. So the question to ask is: How do you capture that Ubuntu spirit in a photo?

A photographer’s vision might show attentiveness to another person or animal in an Okanagan setting, or an element of the landscape that suggests connections. When we share our talents and our resources we enrich the lives of others, and we embrace the spirit of Ubuntu.

The public is invited to enter as many photos as they wish to the contest which will be judged by a professional photographer who will not know the source of the photos. The entry deadline is Sept. 18 at noon. There will be 13 winning photos selected for inclusion in the Grannies à Gogo 2018 Calendar: Sharing the Okanagan. The nominal entry fee of $5 per photo, and funds raised from calendar sales, will support African Gogos (Zulu for “grandmothers”) who struggle to raise AIDS-orphaned grandchildren in Sabie, South Africa. Prizes will be awarded for the top winning photos, with the first place winner’s photo featured on the cover of the calendar.

Additionally, a vote for four People’s Choice Awards will be open to the public on Sept. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Schubert Centre. These four photos will be featured on the back of the calendar.

The calendar will be printed on high quality calendar stock, each photo measuring 8” x 10,” in horizontal format, with every month featuring plenty of room to note the events of each day. It will measure 17” x 11” when opened, and be an easy-to-mail gift. Contest rules and entry forms are available at: The rules and entry forms are also available at Schubert Centre, 3505-30th Ave, or at Sladen Moore Accounting, 3005-35th Ave.

Susan Fenner is publicity rep for Grannies à Gogo: the Vernon – South Africa Connection.