2020 Photo Salon


An Exhibit by Island Photographers

Photo Salon is part of a worldwide system of photo competitions and recognized forums for exhibiting the best works of photographers in the local area. It showcases the commitment, achievement and outstanding work produced by photographers on Vancouver Island and surrounding Islands. It will motivate others to excel in their craft and it promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of photography in the wider community.

PHOTO SALON 2020 was scheduled for display June 1 Р12 at The View Gallery, Vancouver Island University. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of events at VIU, the print display had to be cancelled. In response, we launched a Virtual Gallery. Photographs were not judged for awards, but viewers could vote on their favourite images in each of the four categories. Although very different from the print display Photo Salon is know for, it is a way to share our photographs and club information with many more people. We hope  you visit the gallery and enjoy the display!

Congratulations to the people’s choice winners:

Rachel Penny Cowichan Valley Landscape Cowichan Summer Sky
Geri Reamer Nanaimo Street Petra’s Paradox
Julie Gourdeau Sydney Macro/Closeup Forest Floor Family
Cindy Powell Comox Valley Open Intensity



This genre of photography is broad, and includes images of forests, deserts, mountains, oceans, lakes and rivers. The main purpose is to convey a feeling or mood experienced at the time the shot was taken. If the photograph creates a similar emotion in the viewer, it is a good image.


Street photography features people in spontaneous situations in public places where human activity can be seen; it is a place to observe and capture social interaction. Street photography usually takes place without premeditation and is mostly candid, which means that the subject is not aware of the fact that it is being photographed. 

Macro and Close up:

This category is for images that capture details often overlooked in our daily lives. Close up photography takes a subject and zooms in on it. You still get a sense of what you are looking at, and how it relates to the world around it. Macro photography takes this a step further. The subject fills most of the frame so that you get an incredible amount of detail and, because it fills the frame, you can lose the sense of how tiny the subject actually is.


As implied, the subject matter is wide open and may include such things as portraiture, wildlife, still life, architecture, sports, and other subjects that do not fit the Landscape, Street and Macro categories.

Judging Criteria

All images were adjudicated and assigned a score based on a uniform scoring system.
Judges awarded their scores based on key elements, such as visual interest, how well it portrayed the subject, fit the category definition, was technically well executed (both in camera and post processing), and showed an innovative interpretation by the photographer.