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Okanagan resident clicks photo winner

Richard Smith wins Judge’s Favourite award in national event for stunning shot of Okanagan Lake
Okanagan resident Richard Smith won a Judge’s Favourite award in Living Lakes Canada’s third annual Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge for this stunning afternoon shot of Okanagan Lake after a rain storm. (Richard Smith photo)

A photo of Okanagan Lake is a winner in a national photography contest.

Okanagan resident Richard Smith won Living Lakes Canada’s (LLC) Judges’ Favourite honour for the Lake Landscapes Category in LLC’s third annual 2023 Lake Biodiversity Photo Challenge.

Smith was among three winners selected by a Living Lakes Canada panel that awarded Judges’ Favourite in the Lake Landscapes category to Richard Smith, who captured an ethereal shot of Okanagan Lake after an afternoon rainstorm. Rachelle Mack won Judges’ Favourite in the Lake Biodiversity category for her photo of a frog seeking cover under a lily pad on Lake Scugog, Ont.

Chelsey Breeze won Judges’ Favourite in the Lake Impacts category for an eagle’s eye shot of urban infrastructure along Lake Ontario in Burlington.

Winners of the Lake Landscapes, Lake Biodiversity and Lake Impacts categories will receive generous prize packages with items from Kicking Horse Coffee, Lush, Teadore, Laykhaus and Float-Eh.

“Photography has the power to capture hearts and minds and inspire positive change,” said LLC.

Images that show the wonder of natural lakescapes, glimpses into the lives of wildlife, and intimate moments of people in nature perfectly describe the photos submitted to the recently completed photo challenge.

Organized by Living Lakes Canada, a national non-profit focused on water stewardship, the event aims to celebrate the beauty of lake biodiversity while raising awareness around growing impacts on lake health.

Every year, the Photo Challenge invites people from coast to coast to submit their most engaging lake photos.

For the first time since the contest was launched in 2020, photos were submitted from every province and territory across the country. There were 629 submissions, and more than 1,600 people cast online votes in August.

The 2023 Photo Challenge was made possible thanks to funding from the RBC Tech for Nature program.

The entire 2023 online gallery can be viewed here:

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Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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