Colouring the North Shore
This year was all about colour.
From a black and yellow bumble bee to the glow of vehicle lights on the Lions Gate Bridge, North Vancouver youth captured the hues of the North Shore in the 2nd annual Kilby Memorial Teen Photo Contest and gala.
The North Vancouver City Library contest, themed “Colour it...North Shore,” was open to teenagers in grades 6 to 12. Twenty entries were short listed last week and the winners were announced on Saturday, May 28 at the library.
“We were very impressed,” says Cara Pryor, the library’s head of youth services. “We had a lot of nature photos this year.”
The overall winner this year was Grace Hwang for her photo “This is Our Colour.” Grace’s photo captures a sunset scene of a bunch of friends enjoying some guitar music by the waterfront.
“It’s the ideal high school scene,” Pryor says.
First place in the grade 10 to 12 category went to Jonathan Valdes for “All of the Lights,” a photo of vehicle lights on Lions Gate Bridge, while first place in the grades 6 to 9 category went to Jillian Gale’s photo — “Two Sides to Every Story” — of a girl holding flowers in front of a graffitied wall.
Sydney Holmes and Sasha Yevstignyeyeva both received honourable mention for their photos, one of a red park bench surrounded by fall leaves — “Tranquility” — and “Where Day Meets Night,” which focuses on a sunset.
Next year, the library’s teen advisory council, who organize the event, is considering changing the contest’s medium to video.
“The point of the gala and contest is to support teen art and culture on the North Shore,” Pryor says.
The contest is held in the memory of popular Balmoral secondary school teacher Paul Kilby. Kilby died of cancer in August, 2008.