Last Updated: Thursday, January 06, 2011 2:57:28 PM ET
Have a look at some of the 2009 winning photos...
Photo Contest Winner Schoolboys of Tanzania by Nadine Compton
"I wanted to have a souvenir of my trip to Tanzania, where some classmates and spent time volunteering at a school. To me, the best thing that I could bring home for the memories connected to it, was something that documented my time spent with the schoolchildren. Although their school was incredibly impoverished and only had 7 rooms for the 700 children, the children were eager to learn from us. Even though the contributions that we made to the classroom were purely aesthetic, the boys were ecstatic. What I wanted to remember from my time in Tanzania was their incredible enthusiasm for life."
2nd Place Photo Contest Winner
Window of Fate by Kendrie Richardson
"While a couple friends and I were at the castle we had a free weekend so we picked the cheapest flight to somewhere in Europe, and we ended up in Sardinia. After we landed, we somehow managed to convince a car company to rent us a car and we spent the weekend driving all over the island. This photo is of a building we came across randomly on the side of the road. Because the windows and doors aligned, it looked like it was a picture within a picture of a picture; I just had to snap this shot. To me this photo means fate, fate can be defined in two different ways. First, fate by density: it was by chance we took that flight, luck that we ended up on that road and my fortune to take the picture. The second way to define fate is as ones outcome. At one point in time, the building was someone’s home but now it is weather by the elements and decaying back into the earth proving that nothing is ever permanent."
3rd Place Photo Contest
What Canada Means to Me Category Winner
Kaleidoscope by Kevin Vogt
"This photo was taken through the windows of the Montreal City Hall building when I took part in the bus trip to Montreal organized by the Main Campus Residents' Council. It was my first true visit to Montreal, and a chance to experience and see a different side of Canada in Montreal's downtown. The colours and patterns created by the windows intrigued me. Outside, the Canadian flag standing beside the Quebec flag can be seen. To me, Canada is a colourful, vivid country, with a vast array of cultures, peoples, and places to explore. Having travelled all across Canada, I couldn't call anywhere else home."
People’s Choice Award Winner
Bead Seller and His Daughter by Ian Alexander Cuthbertson
"What Prompted me to take the photo: I traveled in India for five months, and was always very hesitant to take photos of people. I met this particular bead seller on a beach in Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu and spoke with him for some time about his life all the while unaware that he was carrying his daughter with him under his arm. After quite some time, he moved his arm to check on his sleeping daughter and I asked him if I could take a photo. He graciously accepted. The photo is a testament to the challenges of India and the courage and determination with which so many Indians face these challenges."
Home Away from Home Category Winner
Saint Mary Petrichka Church by Ioanna Dineva
"During my visit back to Bulgaria in 2007, I took it upon myself to get to know the country of my origin. The Saint Mary Patrichka Church was an astonishing documentation of Bulgarian religion and history... During the 14th century Bulgaria fell under Ottoman rule and remained part of the Ottoman Empire for nearly five hundred years. Bulgarian culture and nationality was preserved in the Churches and Monasteries protected by the steep mountains and dense wildlife of Bulgaria’s nature. In this photograph the Saint Mary Petrichka Church personifies the resilience and pride of Bulgarian nationality."
Landscape Category Winner
Otago Peninsula, New Zealand by Elizabeth MacDonald
"The quick transition between open hills and dense forest inspired me to take the photo. I wanted to capture the contrasting lighting and landscape features. The forest path was dark and mysterious and the contrast between the path behind and the track ahead sparked my curiosity and my desire to preserve this moment. This photo not only represents the beauty of the landscape, but it also reminds me of the hospitality and kindness of the people of New Zealand. Many New Zealand farmers open up their private lands for the public to enjoy and explore, and the trust and generosity that this represents is my most positive memory of New Zealand."
People and Culture Category Winner
The View from Here
by Michelle Yagi
"This scene instantly drew my attention as it was so drastically different from the world I’m used to. I really felt as though there was a story to be told here, and that it was one that is told not nearly often enough. Taking the picture forced me to confront this vision of poverty that many people find all too easy to ignore. When I traveled to Shanghai on a school trip, the first thing I noticed after stepping off the bus was that while our comfortable-looking hotel stood on one side of the street, there was abject poverty on the other. The sickening contrast really prompted me into thinking about how privileged we are as Canadian students, and about how it’s easy to sympathize when hearing about problems half-way across the world, but it’s a completely different experience to be faced with them. I wondered what it must be like for the man in this picture to have to wake up every day and stare at the hotel across the street – the representation of a world so close yet so far removed from his own. I wanted to take a picture that would provide an insight, however small, into his side of story."
Student Life Category Winner
by Ryan ter Averst
"Weather always adds an interesting element to shoot in. I like the combination of the drab monochrome backdrop with human element. So many times do Queen's students have to walk to and from campus in the very consistent Kingston rain. In a way, I feel that Kingston trying weather is almost as much of a part of student life here as many other traditional aspects of studying at Queen's!"