Ian Walsh Photography Winners Announced

By Kingston Accommodation Partners

The inaugural Ian Walsh Photography Competition has come to a close, with winners Suzy Lamont and Paige Palmer taking home top honours for their submissions at the awards ceremony held in Memorial Hall at City Hall on Wednesday night.
The theme of this year’s competition was Enjoying Kingston, and participants were asked to submit photos that captured the essence of the city. Nearly 100 photos were in contention for the top prizes in the Youth and Open categories – all with unique, authentic perspectives. The top three photos received prizes ranging from $100 to $2,500 – Paige Palmer, first place winner of the Student/Youth category, received $750 for her youthful submission, while Suzy Lamont, first place winner of the Open category received $2,500 for her winning photograph.

Suzy Lamont, second from right, is awarded $2,500 and has her photo taken with Kingston Life's editor Danielle Vandenbrink, and Kingston Accommodation Partners representatives William J Swan and Heather Ford, after her photo was chosen as the overall winner in the Open Category at the inaugural Ian Walsh Photography Competition award ceremony held in Memorial Hall in Kingston, Ont. on Wednesday February 10, 2016. Julia McKay/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network
Suzy Lamont, second from right, is awarded $2,500 and has her photo taken with Kingston Life’s editor Danielle Vandenbrink, and Kingston Accommodation Partners representatives William J Swan and Heather Ford, after her photo was chosen as the overall winner in the Open Category at the inaugural Ian Walsh Photography Competition award ceremony held in Memorial Hall in Kingston, Ont. on Wednesday February 10, 2016. Julia McKay/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

Paige Palmer, second from left, is awarded $700 and has her photo taken with Kingston Life's editor Danielle Vandenbrink, and Kingston Accommodation Partners representatives William J Swan and Heather Ford, after her photo was chosen as the overall winner in the Student and Youth Category at the inaugural Ian Walsh Photography Competition award ceremony held in Memorial Hall in Kingston, Ont. on Wednesday February 10, 2016. Julia McKay/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network
Paige Palmer, second from left, is awarded $700 and has her photo taken with Kingston Life’s editor Danielle Vandenbrink, and Kingston Accommodation Partners representatives William J Swan and Heather Ford, after her photo was chosen as the overall winner in the Student and Youth Category at the inaugural Ian Walsh Photography Competition award ceremony held in Memorial Hall in Kingston, Ont. on Wednesday February 10, 2016. Julia McKay/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

The Ian Walsh Photography Competition was established to honour a pillar of the Kingston community who was taken suddenly in 2014. With a generous spirit, good nature and gentle wit, Ian’s dedication and passion for the arts and the community of Kingston left a lasting impression on everyone he met. An accomplished business person, Ian was the co-owner of the Hotel Belvedere, charter Chair of Kingston Accommodation Partners, and a charter Board Member of Kingston WritersFest.

“It is through Ian’s passion and love from Kingston and the arts that we established this photo competition. We wanted a way to celebrate our friend who, sadly, left us too soon. We are thrilled with the interest from the community, with well over 200 entries showcasing the individual photographers’ interpretation of enjoying Kingston. Ian loved bringing community together.” – Murray Matheson, Executive Director of Kingston Accommodation Partners.

If you would like to see the nominated photos for yourself, an exhibition which has been on display since Feb. 4, will remain open in Memorial Hall until February 29.
The 2016 Ian Walsh Photography Competition will open March 1, 2016.

The Winners

Paige Palmer, Youth Category
Paige Palmer, Youth Category

Suzy Lamont, Open Category
Suzy Lamont, Open Category

The Finalists

Zubair Hossain, Youth Category
Zubair Hossain, Youth Category

Alison Darling, Open Category
Alison Darling, Open Category

Chalene Weir, Open Category
Chalene Weir, Open Category

Jason Kelly, Open Category
Jason Kelly, Open Category

John Geddes, Open Category
John Geddes, Open Category

Karen Dolan, Open Category
Karen Dolan, Open Category

Karen Dolan, Open Category
Karen Dolan, Open Category

Laura Meggs, Open Category
Laura Meggs, Open Category

Viara Mileva, Open Category
Viara Mileva, Open Category

Valeriia Bezgula, Youth Category
Valeriia Bezgula, Youth Category

Zubair Hossain, Youth Category
Zubair Hossain, Youth Category