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Two B.C. photographers place second in Canadian Geographic contest

Out of 6,400 entries, two B.C. photographers topped the list.
Brandon Broderick of Tumbler Ridge, B.C., captures epic landscapes photograph for Canadian Geographic competition.

Two B.C. photographers are getting high praise for their work.

Canadian Geographic has announced the winners of the Canadian Photos of the Year competition and two people from British Columbia took home second place. 

More than 6,400 entries were submitted and just 12 ‘outstanding’ images were honoured for their originality, technical skill and visual impact. 

Alexandra Pope, editor-in-chief at Canadian Geographic, says great photography comes down to a combination of location, timing and skill.

"Each of the winning images tells a compelling story and is a testament to the talent and passion of our photographic community,” says Pope.

There were four categories: epic landscapes; wildlife in action; city life; and weather, seasons and sky.

Brandon Broderick of Tumbler Ridge, B.C. won runner-up in the epic landscapes category and fellow B.C. resident Gabor Dosa of Surrey also won runner-up for his city life photograph. 

"I was happy when I found out I was a finalist, and even happier when I found out I placed as a runner up in the Epic Landscapes category! It’s an honour to be included alongside such talented photographers," says Broderick. 

The prestigious Canadian Photographer of the Year was awarded to Ontario photographer Alan Poelman.

"Poelman's wildlife and landscape photography stood out among the submissions for its depth, quality and range. A portrait of a lynx staring straight at the camera was a particular favourite of the judges," says a statement from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

Poelman described how he was at a lake he previously visited as a kid and spotted the lynx. 

"I have never been as excited about a photo as I was for the lynx encounter," he says.

The winning images will all be published in Canadian Geographic’s March/April issue. 

Poelman received a $5,000 grand prize. 

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