January 31, 2006
Photo of the Year 2006 is now complete! The Awards Gala was an incredible success - nearly 450 people attended and we raised over $13,000 this year for the MESD Outdoor School!
Congrats to Kirsten Muskat - her photo of a lonely mangrove tree on the island of Zanzibar beat the 9 other Finalist photos and will forever hold the distinction of Photo of the Year 2006. See her photo and all the other finalists and category winners below.
*Check out photos from the event here*
If you weren't there, you missed a great party on Saturday night. Guests first enjoyed the WFC's Discovery Center while viewing the Photo Finalists and voting for their favorite. Then Tilly Jam fired up the tunes, drinks were poured and the Western Culinary Institute served some amazing food. The house was packed. The Silent Auction ran through the night, giving guests the opportunity to take home a framed version of their favorite Photo Finalist.
Once voting ended and the ballots were tallied up, the party moved to Miller Hall for the Awards Ceremony. Dr. Doug and Skippy from Charlie FM did a great job MC'ing the festivities. In the end they announced 3rd place, 2nd place and Photo of the Year. It was a close one this year - 3rd and 4th place were separated by ONE vote! But Kirsten's photo was the clear winner, and was crowned Photo of the Year to a loud round of applause. Click on the thumbnails below to see the winning photos, as well as the photographer's description of their photo.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's event the most successful yet. This event simply wouldn't be possible without support from our sponsors, volunteers and everyone who voted or joined us last Saturday night.
Start taking pictures for next year!!!
Photo of the Year 2006 - Kirsten Muskat
Runner Up - Jason Friesen
Third Place - Cheryl Hill