Our Photo Contest is now complete.
Thank you to all of our photographers, voters and donors.
Purchase a Calendar featuring our Photo Contest winners!
Calendar Cover Photo by Susan Henderson – Ross Bay Cemetery
Order your calendars today!
Calendars are $20 each. However, if you wish to purchase multiple calendars, the first two will be $20 each and every additional calendar will be $15 each.
Calendars can be picked up from the desk at the Monterey Centre at 1442 Monterey Ave. in Oak Bay at any time during their open hours.
If you would like to own your very own, one of a kind, original work of art, then cast a bid in our blind ballot auction online by filling out the form below.
Each exhibition piece is framed in a simple black contemporary 8 x 10 frame.
Any bid over $20 will be accepted and the winner will be contacted immediately.
List of photos still available for auction:
Our top 12 calendar finalists!
Meet our Guest Judges!
Frank is an avid naturalist and traveler who loves capturing nature’s treasures in both his photography and painting. Immersing himself in the great outdoors has always been a passion since his childhood. He teaches both photography and painting throughout the lower mainland. ‘British Columbia’ is Frank’s first book, and he is hinting at another in the works for the future.
Sam Rose Phillips
Sam Rose Phillips is a photographer based in what is now known as British Columbia. Her experience framing narratives alongside whale researchers, artists, organizations, and Indigenous communities has taught her that the most powerful way to shift hearts is to show the stories of love and rising that exist when we come together. She is currently directing her first feature-length documentary @turningthetidefilm.
Based on Vancouver Island, James Thompson has been capturing the dynamic interplay between the marine and terrestrial worlds along our beautiful coast for over 15 years. Published in books, magazines, and airports in Canada and internationally James leads photo workshops along the BC coast in partnership with Outer Shores Expeditions.
Jess spent his childhood hiking and bird-watching with his family, throughout the Pacific Northwest. This interest in the outdoors developed into a passion for artistically documenting living creatures and dramatic landscapes. Living in an area with charismatic wildlife rivaled only by the surrounding scenery, Jess has developed a unique style combining elements from both landscape and wildlife photography; creating contextual images that bridge the gap, speaking to both the animal’s and environment’s story.
Our Contest Prize Winners!
First Prize Winner: #8
Two nights stay at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Second Prize Winner: #2
‘An Art Collectors Dream’
includes: a gallery wrapped canvas approximately 30″x 40“ from James Thompson’s Wolf Collection.
Third Prize Winner: #30
‘The Coffee Table at its Best’
includes: Two beautiful photographic coffee table books. “British Columbia – Graced by Nature’s Palette” by Frank Townsley, and “Birds of British Columbia” by Glenn Bartley. To compliment this collection we’ve added a box of locally handcrafted organic chocolates from ‘Pure Lovin Chocolates’
Early Bird Prize Winner: Margaret McCormack
Two Passes to the Boathouse Spa Mineral Pools and Baths at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel will be awarded to the first finalist to enter the competition.
Voter’s Appreciation Prizes:
We would like to thank our voters for making the effort to consider all of the elements that go into taking a good photograph and supporting the work of our photographers. You do not have to vote for a winning photograph to qualify for these awards. We respect the efforts and skill of all our entrants. These prizes are in appreciate for your work and participation alone.
‘A Night Out in Fernwood Village’ – Winner: Sharon Scott-James
includes: Two tickets to the Belfry Theatre production Bang Bang, a $40 gift certificate to the Fernwood Inn and Dessert and Wine for Two at Stages Wine Bar.
Victoria Harbour Ferry Tours – Family package for 2 adults & 2 children – Winner: Peter Hedges
Sea Cider Farm & Cider House – Tour and tasting menu for 2 + 2 bottles of their Award winning ciders. – Winner: Nancy Roach