We give thanks to the many entrants who helped us celebrate the beauty and importance of nature in the Comox Valley!

In an unexpected twist, Michael Buerge tied with himself for first place. Both winning photos feature birds: a juvenile Bald Eagle and an Anna’s Hummingbird. The judges appreciated Michael’s masterful technique and colors.

The second-place image was taken by Hadrien Jouet. The judges decided that his black-and-white image of a group of cormorants was a good representation of the Comox Valley. Shannon Kay won third prize for her stunning portrayal of an ordinary dandelion seed head.

For our special Puntledge Forest category, David Schostek won for his aerial image of the river with an atmospheric patch of fog.

The judging panel was comprised of three talented local photographers: Jenn Dykstra, Scott Bell, and Tim Ennis, and prizes were provided by London Drugs, Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Comox Valley Kayaks and Canoes.

The contest was not only about capturing great photographs, but also about celebrating nature in the valley, and especially the Puntledge Forest. Having nature at our back door is something that defines our community, and preserving natural habitats has never been more important.

We’d like to thank all contest participants, and our sponsors London Drugs, Mt. Washington Alpine Resort, and Comox Valley Kayaks.

Many thanks for helping us celebrate nature in the valley!