Revelstoke’s George Hopkins was the Grand Prize winner in the Columbia Basin Trust’s, Show Us Your Basin photo contest.
“It is truly an honour to receive this recognition,” Hopkins said at a Nov. 24 prize presentation with Lynda Lafleur, the CBT’s community liaison. “In my view, all the photos that I have seen that were submitted to this contest were absolutely fantastic. I commend each and every one of the photographers for their great work and for submitting photos that really showed what “Our Columbia Basin” looks like and what it means to everyone who lives in the area.”
Hopkins prize winning image showed a westbound steam train crossing a bridge over the Columbia River leaving Revelstoke.
The runner-up photo was submitted by Rob Wyatt from Montrose, with his image of a pair of Painted Turtles taken at Champion Lake, near Trail.
Both Hopkins and Wyatt received Basin bags filled with products and services from around the Basin. Rounding out the top five were Sanne van der Ros from Golden, Douglas Noblet from Nelson and Gail Spittler from Johnson’s Landing.
Neil Muth, CBT president and CEO, said in a statement he was very impressed with the photos and extends his congratulations to the winners and to all the residents who shared their images and thoughts about the Basin.
“CBT received many wonderful images and thoughtful descriptions during this contest, which now serve as a reminder to anyone visiting the Your Basin page on our website, what a special place we are able to call home,” he said. “It is great to hear people talking about the images and to see how so many of us share similar sentiments about this region.”
CBT launched the Show Us Your Basin photo contest in June this year, asking Basin residents to capture images that depict the beauty and uniqueness of this region. Hundreds of images were submitted to CBT with many residents including thoughtful answers to the question: What does the Basin mean to you? These images were narrowed down to ten finalists and then opened to the public for voting, which closed on Nov. 20.