Josie Brown shows her Okanagan with this picture of freshly canned local peaches.

Josie Brown shows her Okanagan with this picture of freshly canned local peaches.

Submit your images of the valley to photo contest

photo contest co-sponsored by Grannìes à Gogo: the Vernon-South Africa Connection and the Schubert Centre

What does the Okanagan mean to you personally?

To a skier or snowmobiler it might mean the glittering snow of the mountainsides or the first alpine spring blooms pushing through. To a foodie it could be the abundance of an orchard or market stand. To a grandparent it might mean the active play of a child or a pet in an Okanagan setting. In some way it will portray a sense of the people or the environs of the North Okanagan.

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to enter as many photos as they wish to the annual photo contest co-sponsored by Grannìes à Gogo: the Vernon-South Africa Connection and the Schubert Centre.

There will be 13 winning photos selected for inclusion in the Grannies à Gogo 2017 calendar: My Okanagan.

The nominal entry fee of $5 per photo and funds raised from calendar sales will support AIDS-bereaved gogos (Zulu for grandmothers) in Sabie, South Africa.

Prizes will be awarded for the top winning photos.

Interpretation of the theme, My Okanagan, is highly personal and will reveal the photographer’s individualized image of the North Okanagan.

Contest judging will be done by a professional photographer who will not know the source of the photos. Prizes will be awarded to all 13 winning photos, with the first place winner’s photo featured on the cover of the calendar.

This year, for the first time, a vote for four People’s Choice Awards will be open to the public Oct. 5 from 2 to 7 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 measures 8-by-10-inches, with every month featuring plenty of room to note the events of each day. The calendar measures 17-by-11-inches when opened and is an easy-to-mail gift.

All submissions of 8-by-10-inch colour prints must be received by Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Contest rules and entry forms are available at granniesagogo.com. The rules and entry forms are also available at Schubert Centre, 3505 30th Ave., or at Sladen Moore Accounting, 3005 35th Ave.