The winners of the Earth Day photo and poetry contests have been announced.
Charlene Fiehn is the winner of this year’s photo contest.
However, organizer Ross Davies noted, “Our top three this year is a real family affair.”
Fiehn’s two children, Joe, 10, and Rachael, 13, came second and third.
The winning family received a $100 gift certificate for WildPlay.
There were three categories of winners for the poetry contest.
Joe Fiehn won first and third place in the children’s category, with Abby Phillips placing second.
In the youth category, Samantha Sqalajko came first, Halle Grof second and Rachael Fiehn third.
Olivia Burrage took first place in the adult category, Susan Bliss came in second and Charlene Fiehn came in third.
This was the first year for the poetry contest that other creative forms were included – flash fiction and video.
“It was both fun and challenging to pick winners from such great entries,” enthused organizer Ronda Payne.
Both contests encouraged residents to explore the “EMERGE” theme, which led to photos of animals, forests, flowers and landscapes. The creative writing touched on many topics including personal challenges, spring, nature, and childhood.
City of Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Natali Leduc will be compiling a book of all the winning poems and other works to share with everyone who entered the contest.
The book will also be part of his community project called The little library of what?.
“Thank you again to all of our participants,” adds Payne, “What a wonderful display of talent in our community!”
All photos are posted on the Celebrate Earth Day in Maple Ridge Facebook page under the 2021 Photo Contest album.
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