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2015 Gotcha! Photo Contest Winners

June 9, 2015

Point … click … submit

Shutterbugging teachers from around the province flooded the ATA News with 41 photos for the 21st annual Gotcha! Photo Contest. The judges had a difficult task whittling down the submissions to their top-three choices. The first-place winner receives $200. Second place gets $100 and third place $50.

This year’s judges were Yuet Chan, graphic designer and ATA News photographer, and Cory Hare, ATA News managing editor.


Come closer


Students huddle for warmth at noon recess during a spring snowstorm.

Photographer: Darryl Propp, Landing Trail School, Gibbons

Date of photo: May 5, 2015

Judges’ comments: The strength of this photo is the feeling it creates. Don’t you feel cold just looking at it? The colour of the swing in the distance complements the bright blue colour in the foreground. Nice composition.




Volleyball teammates from St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School celebrate during league final competition.

Photographer: Sean McKennitt, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School, Spruce Grove

Date of photo: Nov. 7, 2014

Judges’ comments: This photo is all about facial expression. It effectively captures a moment of triumph that’s etched on the players’ faces, conveying the joy of team spirit and camaraderie.


Look what I found!


Grade 1 student John-Paul Robin shows off the raspberries he picked while on a class visit to a “U-pick” operation.

Photographer: Kristin Bertrand, Our Lady of the Rosary School, Sylvan Lake

Date of photo: Sept. 18, 2014

Judges’ comments: The photographer has captured the joy of exploration and discovery of this grade schooler. The high camera angle enhances the boy's sense of wonderment. The photo also boasts depth and clean composition.

Honourable mentions

What can I learn from you?


Kindergarten student Daelyn Smerychynski examines parent helper Calista Straub while looking for signs of spring during a playground field trip.

Photographer: Darryl Propp, Landing Trail School, Gibbons

Date of photo: April 9, 2015

Judges comments: The photographer has expertly captured a playful interaction through composition and colour, resulting in a compelling photo that tells a story.

Look at me!


Kindergarten student Pediah Abramowicz works with her hand puppet.

Photographer: Connie Mackney, St. Gabriel School, Edmonton

Date of photo: Feb. 11, 2015

Judges comments: The pure joy on the child’s face makes this photo leap off the page.

Look Mom, one hand!


Grade 2 students prepare a poster for their Mother's Day celebration.

Photographer: Laurie McIntosh, Father Lacombe Catholic School, Lacombe

Date of photo: May 7, 2015

Judges’ comments: A well-executed composition that effectively combines colour and cute kids makes for a photo that draws the eye.

On the ball


St. Peter the Apostle takes on Bellerose in high school soccer.

Photographer: Sean McKennitt,St. Peter the Apostle Catholic High School, Spruce Grove

Date of photo: May 14, 2015

Judges’ comments: It isn’t easy to freeze the action during fast-paced sports competition. This photo conveys the excitement of an action-packed soccer match with a dynamic composition.

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