One of many stunning sunset images in a time lapse Sean Donovan took near Becker Lake Christmas Eve.

One of many stunning sunset images in a time lapse Sean Donovan took near Becker Lake Christmas Eve.

Best shots earn a spot in finals

After sifting through more than 2,100 entries for the Your Best Shot photography contest, 75 finalists have been selected.

The sharp eye of three Vernon residents has captured them a spot in a provincial photo contest.

After sifting through more than 2,100 entries for the Your Best Shot photography contest, 75 finalists have been selected.

Leanne Cadden, Sean Donovan and Shane LaLonde have earned a spot in the finals, which will put them in VIP seating at the Abbotsford International Airshow for the next round of competition.

They will compete for more than $1,500 in prizes and the chance to be named the Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year through their photos of the Aug. 8 to 10 airshow.

This is the second year that Black Press, in partnership with London Drugs and the Abbotsford International Airshow, have hosted the competition, which drew in entrants from across British Columbia.

Amateur photographers were asked to send in their favourite photos from the past 12 months, whether they were action-packed sports shots, colourful scenic landscapes or  touching portraits.

A range of stunning landscape photos is exactly what earned Sean Donovan a winning spot.

The 18-year-old UBCO student is currently working full time at Gilbert’s Part Depot, but also enjoys capturing the beautiful scenes of the area.

“My brother was the one that told me about the contest, he came across it while looking at the paper,” said Donovan. “This is my first time entering this contest, and even any contest at all really, so I was really thrilled to the chosen on my first attempt.”

Having never been to an airshow before, Donovan plans to take in all three days in Abbotsford and take advantage of the view.

Teacher Shane LaLonde, 43, is also looking forward to attending the show with his wife and three-year-old son.

“I entered this year just to see how my pictures would do,” he said. “I was very excited and happy to become a finalist.”

LaLonde’s photo of Zongzi (rice triangles) was taken in his own kitchen after his wife made them.

It’s one of a 365 project he started in January.

“The goal of the project is to take and post a picture for every day for a year. I started the project to become a better photographer and to get off of the auto mode.”

Cadden is better known in the area for her artwork, primarily paintings of nature.

But she also has keen eye behind the lens of a camera, and proved that with her detailed photo of a cob of corn still on the stalk at the St. Ann’s Pumpkin Patch.

“When I saw the contest advertised in The Morning Star, I thought I’d enter a few photos just for fun,” said the Vernon mom. “I had no idea that they would place me in the finals.

“I can’t wait to attend the Abbotsford Airshow and compete with the other finalists.”

For more information or to view photo entries, visit www.vernonmorningstar.com/contests and click on Your Best Shot 2014.