Vernon’s Avril Small caught this up close photo of a cougar in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park last June. This is just one of the spectacular amateur photos readers send in to The Morning Star.

Vernon’s Avril Small caught this up close photo of a cougar in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park last June. This is just one of the spectacular amateur photos readers send in to The Morning Star.

Amateurs: take your best shot

The new Your Best Shot contest is open to amateur photographers from across the province, including right here in the North Okanagan

Are you a budding photographer? Do you see the world from your own unique perspective? If the answer is yes, then Black Press invites you to take Your Best Shot.

The new Your Best Shot contest is open to amateur photographers from across the province, including right here in the North Okanagan. Photographers are encouraged to send in their favourite photos from the past 12 months.

“Whether it’s an action-packed sports shot, a colourful scenic landscape, an amazing portrait or just something unique, budding photographers are encouraged to send it in,” said Ian Jensen, Morning Star publisher.

Contestants can submit up to five of their favourite photos for a chance to win some spectacular prizes.

The contest, which is being presented by Black Press, London Drugs and the Abbotsford International Airshow, is now open and runs until July 14.

All photos will be judged by a panel of experts on subject, composition, impact and other criteria.

“We are looking for photographers that have an ability to capture the moment,” said John Morrow, photographer for the Abbotsford News.

“We know there is lots of talent out there, we just need to give them the opportunity to shine.”

Finalists will receive full VIP access to the Abbotsford International Airshow (Aug. 9 to 11) with preferred viewing to take photos of all the action. They will also compete for more than $2,000 in prizes and the chance to be named the Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year.

To enter your photos, upload them at: http://abbynews.upickem.net/engine/Welcome.aspx?contestid=96351.

A Black Press judging panel will select three to five contestants from each community, who will gain VIP photo access to the airshow along with passes for their family and onsite camping/RV options.

These photographers will be challenged with shooting:

– The Best air shot

– The Best ground/static scene shot (70th anniversary of RCAF Abbotsford Base)

– The Best crowd shot

Following the Airshow, voting for the People’s Choice Award will commence and a judging panel will review all the photographs submitted during the show.

Winners will be announced in late August, with the finalist in the People’s Choice Award winning tickets to Cirque du Soleil. One voter will also win tickets to the Cirque show in Abbotsford.

“We know there is some amazing talent in the North Okanagan so we are rooting for our local photographers to win,” said Jensen.