Prize shot

Pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tures idyl­lic New­found­land scene in New­town to win Cana­dian Geo­graphic con­test

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY CLARENCE NGOH clarence.ngoh@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tures idyl­lic New­found­land scene in New­town to win Cana­dian Geo­graphic con­test

Michael Win­sor has plenty to cel­e­brate. His im­age was se­lected among many en­tries in the land­scape cat­e­gory as win­ner of the Cana­dian Geo­graphic photo con­test. The win­ning photo was taken in Bar­bour Liv­ing Her­itage Vil­lage in New­town, a lo­ca­tion Win­sor has pho­tographed many times. Al­though Win­sor said he is fa­mil­iar with the area, this the first time he com­posed the win­ning shot, ti­tled “Evening Re­flec­tion.” A keen vis­ual eye, the pic­turesque view, tim­ing and a bit of luck brought the nec­es­sary el­e­ments to­gether to cre­ate an im­age judges se­lected above all oth­ers. “The still­ness was re­ally calm, the calmest I ever saw,” said Win­sor, re­fer­ring to the glass-like re­flec­tion of the photo. “It was a seven-se­cond ex­po­sure and there was no blur on the boat, and that is re­ally rare in New­found­land.” Win­sor works as a full-time pho­tog­ra­pher but says it does not feel like work when he heads out to cre­ate an im­age. “It is some­thing that I re­ally like to do. It’s not work when you re­ally en­joy do­ing some­thing.” Win­sor es­ti­mates it has taken at least five years to reach a level where he can work as a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher. His ad­vice for am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers who wish to pur­sue the pro­fes­sion full time is to be pa­tient. “It takes time to find clients – it does not hap­pen right away,” he said. “It takes years to de­velop a busi­ness and to do it full time.” Win­ning this award has al­ready gen­er­ated more in­ter­est in his work, with po­ten­tial clients al­ready call­ing him. Win­sor has a web­site show­cas­ing his work at www.michael­win­sor.ca

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

St. John’s pho­tog­ra­pher Michael Win­sor’s win­ning photo in the Cana­dian Geo­graphic photo con­test in the land­scape cat­e­gory. The im­age was taken in Bar­bour Liv­ing Her­itage Vil­lage in New­town.

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