The Lions Gate Camera Club Celebration of Nature 

Submit images to VCC no later than:
1 October 2022


North Shore

Lions Gate

Eastwood vs VCC


This is an annual competition organized by the Lions Gate Camera Club, open to other clubs in British Columbia and the Yukon.  

Your RAW file may be requested by LGCC.


As “Nature” implies, this competition is devoted to photographic observations from all branches of natural history in an honest and true representation. There are four categories in this competition: “Botanical” includes wildflowers, plants, trees, fungi and algae, germinated and grown without human assistance; “Nature” is for animals, birds, insects, reptiles and marine subjects all of which can be under the control and feeding of man, provided man’s involvement is not obvious; “Landscape” is for weather phenomena, geological formations, landscapes, seascapes, natural phenomena, planets, stars and astronomical events, with no hand of man; “Wildlife” is only for living and untamed mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and marine subjects, with no hand of man. Lions Gate has adopted the FIAP definitions for Nature and Wildlife. Similar to CAPA, there are awards for both club submissions and individual photos, and “best in show” 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This is a competition in which the VCC has done very well in the past. Twenty clubs entered this competition in 2021.


Please review the chart below for allowed and not allowed mobdifications, which vary depending on the category. For example, focus stacking is allowed in all categories except wildlife. Post capture processing should be minimal, so make any adjustments to a copy, as your RAW or JPEG file may be requested.


Members may submit to VCC two photos each, no later than October 1 2022. The Club may submit up to six images in total.


Image size should be a maximum of 1400 pixels on the horizontal and a maximum of 1050 pixels on the vertical, using JPEG format and sRGB colour space. One dimension must be exactly the maximum allowed and neither dimension may exceed the maximum pixels for that dimension. Maximum file size is 1.8 MB.

  • 2022/23

  • The VCC won First Place in this club competition with 159 points.  Congratulations to David Russell, Daniel Rondeau, Jonathan Adams, Nick Delany, Evan Guengerich and Jackye Mills.  As part of the team, Daniel Rondeau won First Place in the Nature division, Jonathan Adams won First Place in the Landscape division, and David Russell won First Place in Wildlife.  VCC member Judy Johnston won first place overall, but she was competing for Comox Valley, not VCC.  David Russell won Second Place Overall, with 27.5 points. See gallery to the right.

  • 2021/22

  • The VCC did not enter the competition

  • 2020/21

The VCC has an extraordinary record at Lions Gate. This year we came in first among 24 clubs, with Steve Smith winning the Best in Show and Wildlife categories, and Evan Guengerich coming in 3rd on Best in Show and 2nd in Wildlife! In the past five years we have finished 1st three times, 2nd once and 5th once. During this time VCC members have won Best in Show three times, 2nd once and 3rd twice. (See the gallery)

Celebration of Nature 2020 - 1st Place

  • 2019/20
    The Victoria Camera Club took 5th place out of 27 camera clubs. Leah Gray’s great image of two young grizzly bears came 1st in the Best in Show category as well as 1st in Mammals. (See the gallery). Watch the Results Video
  • 2018/19
    Victoria Camera Club placed 1st out of 26 clubs
    This year, Suzanne Huot was 2nd in Best of Show and, 3rd in Nature (category 3) with "Red Eyed Tree Frog". Mike Wooding was 3rd in Birds (category 1) with Brown-headed Cowbird Family Quarrel", and Evan Guengerich garnered an HM Best in Show and 1st in Mammals (category 2) with "Sibling Rivalry. See the External Comps Report here. (See the gallery)

  • 2017/18 
    Victoria Camera Club Awarded 2nd Place in 2017

    This year, two of our members won individual awards. Suzanne Huot walked away with 1st’s in the Best in Show and Mammals categories with “Lions on Their Honeymoon” and Mike Wooding was awarded 2nd place in the Birds category with “Mountain Bluebird with Prey”.  Read More 
     (See the Gallery)

  • 2016/17
    Victoria Camera Club Awarded 1st Place in 2016
    The Victoria Camera club has a distinguished history at Lions Gate. In the last six years, the VCC has finished second twice, third once and no worse than 6th.
    In 2016, we finally finished first, just ahead of the Lions Gate Camera Club and the North Shore Photographic Society. Three of VCC's members won individual awards. Peter Koelbleitner was awarded first place in the Mammals category with his Sea Lion image which also took second place in Best in Show.  James Kissinger won second place in the Mammals category with his Grizzlies which also won third place in Best in Show. Neil Boyle was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Mammals category with his Vampire Bat photo. Other members who contributed to our win are Margarita Huang, Suzanne Huot, Carrie Cole, Leah Gray and Hanna CowpeSee the Gallery
    Press Release

  • 2015/16 
    See the 2015 Gallery

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