Vernon pics make the cut

Three North Okanagan residents have captured a spot in the search for B.C.’s best amateur photographer.

Rosemary Tingey’s photo

Rosemary Tingey’s photo

Three North Okanagan residents have captured a spot in the search for B.C.’s best amateur photographer.

In the past month, hundreds of photographers have submitted their works into the 2013 Amateur Photographer of the Year Contest (159 photos were entered from Vernon).

Bruce Borrowman, Rosemary Tingey and Lindsay Wagensveld have been chosen among the finalists who will have a chance to shine at this year’s Abbotsford International Airshow.

The contest, sponsored by London Drugs, Black Press and the Abbotsford International Airshow received almost 2,000 individual entries from around the province. A judging panel has narrowed the field down to finalists from Vernon to Vancouver.

“This is the first time we have coordinated such a large photographic promotion and we are delighted with the incredible response,” said Andrew Franklin, publisher of The Abbotsford News.

“Some 73 finalists are excited about attending the Abbotsford International Airshow and competing in the final round of the contest,” he added.

The amateur photographers are tasked to submit a total of 10 photographs during the three-day show.

They must submit a minimum of one photograph in the following categories; aircraft in flight or on runway, aircraft/static display, airshow crowd photograph.

In addition, these photos will be shared with Black Press community newspapers providing extended coverage of this year’s airshow.

Prize certificates sponsored by London Drugs will be awarded to the best photographs of the show in the three categories. In addition, all photographs will be posted at the abbynews.com/contest page where readers will be asked to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The contest finale begins early Friday morning (Aug. 9) and runs the duration of the show. Prizes will also be awarded to a random voter and to the People’s Choice award winner.