The Harbor City Photography Club’s Photo Salon exhibit is back and in person and submissions are now welcome.
Professional and amateur photographers from across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have until April 16 to submit as many images as they wish for the annual HCPC Photo Show, which for the first time since 2019 will take place at VIU’s View Gallery this summer.
HCPC chairman Rooney Dumler said the club is hoping for 150 entries for this year’s show, which she says is an “ambitious” target.
“Last year we had it, it was getting bigger and we all knew the quality was going up as well, so we were so excited and I think there were around 130 entries,” he said. she stated.
The judges choosing this year’s winning entries are photographers Rick Hulbert from North Vancouver, Lynda Miller from the Okanagan and Victoria resident Richard Shapka. They will judge photographs on how they portray the subject, tell a story or create emotion, illustrate technical expertise, show original or personal interpretation, and fit the category definition.
The categories judged are landscape, wildlife/nature, artistic/digital art as well as an open category, which could cover portraits, cityscapes, still lifes, architecture, sports and botany.
“We felt like in order to get our show back in action, we needed to have very broad umbrella categories for our show so that we could attract more people again,” Dumler said.
This year, a non-referred category was added to the competition: environmental photojournalism.
“I think we had to recognize what we’ve done, what’s going on in our world,” Dumler said of adding the new category. “We can’t escape current events…and I think photography has done a bit to capture historical events in this way and comment on them.”
Dumler said there will be awards for first, second and third place in each category judged, as well as two people’s choice awards. Judges for the award are photographers Rick Leche of Black Creek, Lorna Zaback of Vitoria and Ellen McCluskey, graphic design teacher at VIU.
“It’s a really valuable experience to look at your work and identify what you love and why you love it and then take it to that level of printing it out and putting it on a wall for others to enjoy. can watch it,” Dumler said.
For more information and to submit photos, click here.