Date: Nov 23, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Category: Social

Thursday November 23, 7:00pm:   Annual Photo Contest at Swan Lake

Nov 23rd is the ACCVI’s annual photo competition – the signature photo event of the season! So, get those photos ready and send them in. You don’t have to attend the Nov 23 event to submit your shots.

Full entry details are below.

Whether you attend in person or come in via Zoom this much-anticipated event is always a fun evening out. There are prizes to be won – and all the winners and runners up will be displayed in the 2023 Bushwhacker Annual – but I think seeing what everyone got up to in mountains and hills this past year is the real draw to this event.

This year Gordon Kyle and I will co-host the event with Neil Ernst working the Zoom magic. If all goes well we will also have online voting for those of you attending remotely. And, this year we will endeavour to post all entries on the ACCVI web page once the show is over.

Zoom details will be emailed out closer to the time.

Full Entry Details for the 2023 ACCVI Photo Competition
Date: Thursday, Nov 23, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Category: ACCVI Photo Competition – Co-hosted by Mary Sanseverino and Gordon Kyle
CALLING ALL ACCVI PHOTOGRAPHERS to the PREMIER photo event of the year!
Thursday, November 23, 2023 at Swan Lake Nature House from 7:00 to 9:30PM. (Doors open at 7 PM – show starts at 7:30) If you are an ACCVI member please send your photos (maximum of 3 per member) to Mary Sanseverino at for your chance to win outdoor gear store gift cards. DEADLINE FOR PHOTO SUBMISSION IS 8 PM, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21st (see details below for how to submit an entry)

Please try not to leave your submissions to the last day, as it makes a lot of work for Mary!!


  • Limit of three photos per member to be submitted;
  • Photos that do not fit category guidelines may not be entered into the competition;
  • All submitted pictures must have been taken in a mountain setting within the last year;
  • If submitting a drone image please ensure you flew in a permissible location;
  • Please read to the bottom of this message.  If photos are not submitted correctly and on time they may not make it into the competition.


  • VI – Vancouver Island Mountains (with or without people)
  • AS – Summer Mountain Activity (people active in the mountains – summer)
  • AW – Winter Mountain Activity (people active in the mountains – winter)
  • MS – Mountain Scenery (no people)
  • NA – Nature: flowers, trees, plants, animals, birds, rocks, etc. taken in the mountains
  • HU – Humour: use your imagination!
  • YU – Youth photographer: any mountain theme, photographer must be youth

Email your digital images to Mary Sanseverino () by 8 PM on Tuesday, November 21, 2023.

No entries will be accepted after this deadline.
Mary will try to confirm receipt of all photos by return email.  If you do not get confirmation within 24 hours,

it is possible that your email has gone astray or Mary is just busy, so please resend!

You MUST be a current ACCVI member to submit photos. Not sure about your status?
Contact or get in touch with Mary.

Category abbreviation-yourname-caption
For example, Phee Hudson’s entry in Mountain Scenery (MS) would be labelled:
MS-PheeHudson-Arrowsmith at dawn
Please no commas, @, * and especially no periods in the file name.
For instance, Mt. Cain should be “MtCain” or “Mt_Cain”

Be aware that some email programs shrink photos when sending them, so the quality is much reduced.

If you are not sure what your email program does, send a test file to yourself to make sure you are getting the full size.
To display effectively in the competition each image file should, at minimum, be within these 2 ranges:
Between 1280 x 1024 and 2048 x 1536 (4:3 ratio)          
Between 1920 x 1080 and 2048 x 1152 (16:9 ratio)DRONE SHOTS:
If you submit a drone image could you please indicate in the email where, approximately, you flew. Drone images are welcome, but not if the drone was flown in a drone-restricted area without a specific permit. If you did fly in a restricted area (e.g. a BC Provincial Park, a National Park), then please include a copy of your specific permit.HELP/QUESTIONS:
Don’t hesitate to reach out to me (Mary Sanseverino – ) with questions/comments.
I’m here to help you get those photos prepped and ready for the show!