Local photographer finalist in province-wide contest

Gerry Frederick will represent Cranbrook in the B.C. Amateur Photographer of the Year contest in Abbotsford

Local photographer Gerry Frederick is a finalist in the B.C. Amateur Photographer contest.

Local photographer Gerry Frederick is a finalist in the B.C. Amateur Photographer contest.

A Cranbrook amateur photographer has been named a finalist in B.C.’s Amateur Photographer of the Year.

Gerry Frederick, whose photos often grace the pages of the Townsman, learnt on July 21 that he is among finalists from 26 communities across B.C. in the contest.

The amateur photographer often enters photography contests, and has previously been honoured with wins and top 10 positions.

“It’s an opportunity for photographers to get a pat on the back,” said Frederick.

“The best amateur photographer in B.C. is a big accolade.”

Frederick perused more than 600 of his best photos and, with help from family and friends, managed to narrow it down to just five that he submitted to the contest.

Now he is heading to Abbotsford from August 9 to 11 to take part in the contest at the Abbotsford International Airshow.

Cranbrook financial planners Colin and Jane Campbell of Guidance Planning Strategies are sponsoring Frederick to send him to the airshow.

“I wouldn’t be able to do it if Colin and Jane weren’t there to support me,” said Frederick. “They have been big supporters of my photography for a long time.”

The contest is sponsored by London Drugs, the Abbotsford International Airshow, and Black Press, which owns the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.