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'Lights off' photo wins Team Power Smart photo contest

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Prince George woman's photo judged the best of 480 entries

Posted by Rob Klovance

Christmas came early for Tammy Gock, but it's not like she didn't earn it.

Gock's photo was judged the best of all 480 entries in the third annual Team Power Smart Photo Contest, sponsored by London Drugs. As the grand prize winner, Gock receives a Nikon digital SLR camera package, valued at about $1,400, along with a a $100 gift card to London Drugs photo lab, a copy of Earthopoly, a board game that features B.C. landmarks and teaches energy-efficient tips.

Gock's winning shot "Turn off all the lights" shows a little girl reaching to turn out the lights with Gock's vintage chandelier in the foreground.

"My mom always taught us to turn lights off when we left a room and so I am teaching my children to do the same," explained Gock as her inspiration for the photograph.

This year's contest theme was: "This is what I do to be smart with my power." That opened things up for a variety of interpretations, and some excellent images.

Gock's photo was picked from a short-list of 10 finalists, and all 10 photos are on display — through February 19 — at Victoria's Royal BC Museum as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit. You can view all 10 finalists on the contest site.

About the contest

Submissions were judged on originality, relevance to theme, composition, lighting and technical qualities. The judging panel included Team Power Smart Leader, NBA superstar Steve Nash, and representatives from the Royal British Columbia Museum, London Drugs, and BC Hydro.

The public also helped choose their favorite from the short-list of 10 finalists.

All photos were submitted by Team Power Smart members, who have committed to reducing their electricity use by 10 per cent. Members get exclusive Team Power Smart offers and rewards, access to easy-to-implement conservation tips and, for those who have had a BC Hydro account at the same address for at least two years, a shot at a $75 reward for saving 10% or more.

There are currently over 330,000 Team Power Smart members.

Rob Klovance is managing editor of bchydro.com and a member of Team Power Smart.