The photo contest begins in March of 2018. Photos cannot be submitted until then. In the meantime you can read the rules and think about the many photos you want to submit.

2018 Nature Photo Contest

The Club is sponsoring a photo contest open to all residents of the RDOS – you need not be a member of SONC.  Details about the contest, the rules and how to enter follow below.


These Rules and Regulations are final on all matters relating to the South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club’s 2018 Nature Photo Contest (the “Contest”). By applying, all entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and Regulations.


The sponsor (“Contest Sponsor”) of the Contest is South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club.


To be eligible to enter the Contest or win a prize, you must be a resident of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS).  All photographs entered in the Contest must be taken within the geographic boundaries of the RDOS. Participation in the Contest constitutes Entrants’ full and unconditional agreement to abide by these Contest Rules and Regulations and the Contest Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.

Photo Categories

Landscapes – natural landscapes of all types; may include man-made structures within the photo
Fauna – animals both large and small
Flora – Wildflowers and plants of all types

Judging Panel

Mark Brett – Mark is a photojournalist with Penticton Western News and has over 40 years of experience in the newspaper business. He has won multiple Canadian Community Newspaper Association Awards, B.C./Yukon Newspaper Awards, a Canadian Press Award and a Black Press Award. Most recently, Mark won a wildlife photo award in the 2017 SPCA open photo contest.

Cathy Pires – Cathy began taking pictures at age 11 with a box camera. She shared a passion for photography with her dad who was her inspiration. In high school, her favorite space was the darkroom where she spent many hours. A graduate of the Professional Photography Program at Langara College, Cathy worked her way through school working for London Drugs Photo Lab. She is the Manager of the Penticton London Drugs Photo Lab and is celebrating her 31st year with the company.

Caillum Smith – Caillum is now in his 5th year as a full-time professional photographer and proprietor of Preserved Light Photography, based in Naramata. Over his career, Caillum’s work has been used in dozens of countries around the globe. His photos have been published and awarded by companies and organizations such as National Geographic, North Face, Time Magazine, Google+, the CBC, WestJet Magazine, Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine and the Canadian National Capitol Commission

2018 RULES

To review the rules of the contest click on the button below.. By submitting one or more photos to the contest you agree that you have read the rules and will comply with the rules and regulations of the contest.