US F-22 shows off its air superiority in the skies over Abbotsford.

BC Amateur Photographer contest a huge success

Seventy finalists competed at this year's Abbotsford International Airshow for a shot at the title of Amateur Photographer of the year

Megan Lambert – Summer Intern/Black Press

The 2015 London Drugs BC Amateur Photographer of the Year contest brought photographers from all over BC last weekend to compete in a 3-day tournament at the Abbotsford International Airshow.

From over 2,000 entries, 70 finalists were invited to compete at the Abbotsford International Air Show, shooting their best photos and keeping up with daily challenges. Finalists arrived from every corner of BC, including the Kootenays, Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley, the Thompson-Okanagan, and the Cariboo.



Photographers were challenged with shooting the best in-air, ground, and crowd photographs, but were also tested with a mystery “wild card” photo revealed each day. Some amazing shots were captured at the show, as performances from the US Air Force F-22 Raptor, European Breitling Jet Team, and Canadian Snowbirds and Sky Hawks Parachute team showcased their talents in the sky.


One of our youngest contestants, Larissa Price from Langley, said she was excited to be a part of the 2015 BC Amateur Photographer of the Year contest.

“I’m so excited to be here,” she said at the Air Show right before uploading her final entry.


The photographers now wait as their images are submitted to a judging panel, who will determine who will win the title of the Next Generation 2015 BC Amateur Photographer of the Year.

View the highly acclaimed interactive online magazine featuring this year’s Airshow.

Want your shot at a great prize? Polls for the People’s Choice Award open later this week, with over 400 stunning photos to choose from. Simply click here and help us choose the People’s Choice best photo of the year. Scroll through the pics, choose your favourites, and you could be entered for a chance to win BC Lions tickets.

If you are a budding photographer and you’d like to enter next year’s contest, please watch for information at your local Black Press community newspaper or email for more information.

The BC Amateur Photographer of the Year contest is sponsored by Black Press, London Drugs, and the Abbotsford International Air Show. Congratulations and good luck to all of our finalists. Winners will be awarded their prizes in September 2015.

Check out Megan Lambert’s blog from this year’s Airshow.



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