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Hope in Shadows Announces Judges for 2011 Contest

Once the Hope in Shadows photo contest gets going, things move quickly. We held the annual camera hand out on June 1 and this past weekend we had a full day of judging to narrow down the 4000 photo submissions to a final top 40. A difficult job.

The judges will be measuring the photos in five contest categories – Our Downtown Eastside Community, Our City Landscape, Best Portrait, Best Black & White Photo, and Best Colour Photo.

Below are biographies of our nine judges. Awards will be announced October 4 at an event at Carnegie Community Centre.

Casey Dale Bowman
Since the age of 12 Casey has always had a camera by his side. As a child he moved from town to town and always had an interest in photographing his new environments. Wanting to take a more serious approach to his passion, Casey attended college and took photography courses. With a Downtown Eastside Small Arts Grants through the Vancouver Foundation and Carnegie Community Centre, Casey produced five large landscape images. One of the photos from this project is currently on display in the lunch room at the Pender Health Clinic.

Barry Calhoun
Vancouver based photographer Barry Calhoun was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He moved to Quebec to attend Bishop's University where - as part of his degree program - Barry took a fine art photography course. This course introduced him to the world of photography. With an immediate passion for photography and his love of music, Barry began to shoot live shows and became fascinated with both lighting and the unpredictable nature of live productions. He has since studied fine art photography at North Island College, supplemented by technical training at Vancouver's Focal Point Photography School.   

Chris Cameron
Chris Cameron studied the sociology of media and has produced educational videos, worked as a staff newspaper photographer, and has published in most Vancouver newspapers, The Globe and Mail, and the New York Times. For twenty-five years he has been the official photographer for the Vancouver Jazz Festival. In the 1990s, he devoted his time to extensive documentary projects -- in Russia, Central Asia, and later, Cuba. He teaches and mentors in documentary photography, and photographs people both commercially and in support of change with various agencies and groups.

Christine Delano
Originally from Mexico City, Christine Delano is a graphic designer living in Vancouver. She designed the 2010 and 2011 Hope in Shadows calendar and is designing the upcoming calendar too. She is currently launching a business called Texture and Finery, inspired by the haute-couture tradition and providing custom designed, hand-crafted letterpess wedding invitations and stationery. You can read more about Christine's experience here.

Lorinda Earl
Lorinda is a mother, a Downtown Eastside resident and a Hope in Shadows board member. She is honoured to be a part of the process of selecting images that show the hope and beauty of her community.

Ali Lohan
Ali Lohan has a BFA in Film and Video from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK, and an Art Institute Certificate in Printmaking from Capilano University, BC. Ali has contributed to the development of a number of Downtown Eastside community art projects that include desmedia (downtown eastside media), The Out of the Rain Program, The Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show, and Art Cart.

Alexis Macdonald Seto
Alexis is an artist involved in intercultural community projects in her neighbourhood of Renfrew Collingwood in east Vancouver. She has a BFA from Emily Carr University with a major in photography. For the past ten years she has taught art to children through Arts Umbrella outreach programs. She creates photo-based assemblages from found objects and has exhibited in numerous group shows. Alexis grew up surrounded by the creative influences of her Métis mother and her father who was constantly taking family photos. The power of a still image to tell a story has been a fascination of hers since childhood.

Sandra Semchuk
Sandra Semchuk is a Ukrainian Canadian photographer/media artist, co-founder of the Photographers Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Her dialogic and collaborative works have included visual/verbal conversations on play with her daughter, Rowenna Losin, near death experiences with her Dad, Martin Semchuk, possible relations between the indigenous and the non-indigenous with her husband, James Nicholas and reflections on bears and bison.  She has exhibited locally (on the main street of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan) nationally (Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Photographers Gallery, Presentation House) and internationally (Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, Fotofeis in Scotland). She is currently exhibiting a collaborative billboard created with Cree elder, Archie Weenie, and the Sturgeon River Bison Stewards, on 20th Street in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

CarrieLynn Victor
Carrielynn is Stó:lõ (Stah-low), her traditional name is Xwémentélot, and her birthplace is Chilliwack BC, Canada, the traditional territory of the up-river Halq’eméylem speaking peoples who are indigenous to the  Fraser Valley. Carrielynn currently lives in her home community of Cheam (Chee-yom) where she is employed as a researcher within the Rights and Title department of the Stó:lõ Tribal Council.