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Edmonton Picture Perfect in National Photo Contest

Canada's Capitals Photo Contest

May 10, 2011

An Edmontonian is the grand-prize winner in a national contest for a photo showing the breakup of the ice on the North Saskatchewan River and the skyline of Edmonton as a backdrop.

Jordan Camponi won top spot in the Canada's Capitals photo contest held by Canadian Geographic and the National Capital Commission. 

“The picture pretty much sums up what Edmontonians look forward to all year,” said Camponi. “The long-awaited thaw of the North Saskatchewan River means that summer is on its way and we will soon get to enjoy the festivals that are the best part of living in Edmonton.”

Camponi shot the award-winning picture for Canada's Capitals contest while taking photos at his cousin’s wedding in April 2010.  After finishing pictures of the bridal party at Louise McKinney Park, Camponi stopped on the Cloverdale pedestrian bridge to snap a few shots of the river.

A photo of the Alberta Legislature taken by Edmontonian Julia Coombs was selected as one of the runners up in the contest.

"Congratulations to Jordan Camponi for his grand prize winning photo in Canadian Geographic Magazine. It's a powerful depiction of Edmonton, one that I think skilfully captures the anticipation and excitement that builds as we move into spring,"said Mayor Stephen Mandel. "Also congratulations to Julia Coombs, whose remarkable photo of Alberta's Legislature is a runner up. It is thrilling to see the talent and the passion for this city that exists here."

Camponi grew up in the Edmonton area. He has been doing photography as a serious hobby for about five years.

The winning photos will be featured in an exhibit at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. Canadian Geographic received 2,051 entries in the contest, including 148 entries from Edmonton.