Canadian photographer George Ching-Yuen Lo from Vancouver has been named the winner of the Canada National Award, part of the prestigious 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
Ching-Yuen Lo’s winning image, “Fighting Bald Eagles,” was chosen as the single best photograph taken by a Canadian photographer entered into any of the ten Open categories of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition.
The photographer, a dentist by profession, has won a Sony alpha 7 digital imaging kit with 28-70 mm lens and his image will be shown as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London, April 24 – May 10.
“I have been a dentist for over 30 years. I need to take photos in my clinical practice. I went to local evening photography classes about 25 years ago and learned about basic black and white photographs.”
Describing the image, Ching-Yuen Lo said: “I was on the top of a river cruise boat with my camera in hand when I shot this image on November 11, 2014. It was a combination of location, weather, good lighting, trained skills and luck. I took the image by Harrison River, British Columbia, and there was a salmon fishery nearby. Every November, hundreds of salmon return and die in the shallow river sandbanks. A week before I took this image, the weather was raining heavily and flooded over 80 percent of the sandbank, washing away the dead salmon. As a result, the eagles were hungry and suddenly they started fighting for food.”
The second place award went to Sandra Fiedler, with third going to Lise Simoneau.
The National Awards program honours and rewards the best single image taken by a local photographer and runs across the world. It is open to photographers of all abilities.