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Photo contest winners bring wasteful behaviours into focus

Comox man wins Team Power Smart Photo Contest

The image above of a refrigerator door ajar, spilling light into a darkened kitchen, is titled "Not just light being wasted". It was taken by John K., from Comox, and it's the big winner in the fourth annual Team Power Smart Photo Contest.

John's photograph was selected from a group of 10 shortlisted finalists, and his reward is a Nikon DSLR camera and Nikkor lens. He and the runner-up winners all receive $100 gift cards for the London Drugs Photo Lab and a copy of the Earthopoly board game.

Two photo contests featured at Royal BC Museum

If you love photography, line up a visit to Victoria's fabulous Royal BC Museum.

Until January 27, 2013, you'll be able to view for free, in the main floor gallery, large-format images of the 10 Team Power Smart Photo Contest winning images. And through April 1, 2013, you can see 100 astounding entries from around the world in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 exhibition, the cream of the crop from a competition that's been going on for 48 years.

"People are drawn to good photography," says Tim Willis, director of exhibitions and visitor experience at the museum and archives (and a Team Power Smart contest jury member). "It's a treat to show the winners of the [Team Power Smart] competition."

Willis said he saw genuine moments of inspiration from the photos, which also serve to provoke thoughts about wasteful behaviour.

Enter December's Team Power Smart contest and you could win tickets to the Royal BC Museum. Even if you don't win, you can use a Team Power Smart-member coupon for a free youth admission with the purchase of an adult ticket.

B.C. photographer earns top wildlife photographer honour

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit is a competition run by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Worldwide. And it attracts major talent.

The largest nature photography competition in the world has been running for 48 years, and the presentation at the Royal BC Museum features 100 large, back-lit images. There's also a full schedule of events, activities, and talks through the duration of the exhibition.

The overall winner and Wildlife Photographer of the Year is B.C.'s Paul Nicklen, who took the amazing image above: "Bubble-jetting emperors," his photo of a colony of emperor penguins on the move.

Royal BC Museum's Willis likes that he's able to showcase the two photography exhibits at the same time. They may be different contests, but they share an obvious link.

"They both have to do with our recognition of the environment," he said, "and our need to treat it with care."

Exclusive Royal BC Museum offers for Team Power Smart members

Members of Team Power Smart can get a coupon valid for a free youth admission to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 exhibition with a paid adult admission.

The Royal BC Museum is also supplying prizes for the Team Power Smart monthly contest for December.

Members can enter to win one of 10 prize packs, each including a pair of coupons each valid for an adult admission to the museum, as well as a copy of the Royal BC Museum book Out of the Mist: Treasures of the Nuu-chah-nulth Chiefs, which celebrates the art, culture, and history of the Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) nations.

Team Power Smart Photo Contest winners

  • John K., Comox, for "Not just light being wasted" (Grand prize winner)
  • Elvira P., Abbotsford, for "High water rescue"
  • Travis N., Ladysmith, for "Plenty of light and no one to play"
  • Janine T., North Vancouver, for "Turn it off when not watching"
  • Raymond O., Richmond, for "A little light reading"
  • Preet R., Surrey, for "Not bothered"
  • Ryan W., Vancouver, for "The wasteland within"
  • David G., Victoria, for "Add 1/3 cup of boiling water"
  • Jennifer L., Victoria, for "Leaky faucet wastes clean water"
  • Eric P., Whistler, for "Forgetting something"

See the 10 winning photos