Newest 4k screens to show best of Valley photographers

Our best just keep getting better.

Each year that Photopia has been bringing local photographers’ digital images to big screens, the results have steadily grown in numbers and quality. And organizers have no doubt that this year’s Photopia will surpass its history yet again.

The chance is coming around again to get great images off the hard-drive and into the eyes of hundreds of photo-crazy Photopia fans. The image contest and show goes to screen June 6 in the Courtenay Library, as part of Elevate Arts festival and presented by the Comox Valley Community Arts Council.

The deadline for entries is May 28 at 6 p.m.

“As a community-oriented event, all good photos get shown,” says Photopia coordinator Jamie Bowman. “Photographers of all ages, interests and experience contribute. There is a tremendous diversity of talent behind the lenses in this Valley; not all entries will win, but most will undoubtedly capture imagination and attention.”

The entries are displayed on several large-screen televisions, thanks to sponsorships by Madman Mackay and Best Buy, which rotate through hundreds of images.

“Standing in the middle of the Photopia room is a deluge; the art is all around you and always turning up something new, something beautiful, dramatic, touching, moving or indescribable,” says Bowman.

Photopia is open to all ages and there are no entry fees. There are great prizes coming from generous community partners, including London Drugs.

The overall theme of Photopia 2015 is ‘Reflection’, in keeping with the theme this year driving Elevate Arts festival. This year, reflection is an integral part of each of the following categories:

  1. Self-reflection
  2. Mirrors
  3. Shadows
  4. Opposites
  5. Remembering
  6. Manipulated

Youth, aged 18 and under, will be judged separately, but with the same categories.

Up to 25 photos can be submitted by each entrant. Entry forms and submission details are available at, under the ‘Engage the Elevation’ link.

All images must be your own original work and must be in .jpeg or .jpg format, at least 1920 X 1080 pixels, but preferably at least 3840 X 2160 pixels (to take advantage of 4k screen resolution).

The Elevate Arts Festival reserves the right both to refuse artwork deemed inappropriate and to use winning submissions for future, non-commercial promotion of Photopia and Elevate the Arts.

2014 Winners:


2013 Winners: