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The Sun of Chateauguay | Andrew Clark Memorial Photo Contest

Chateaugua Andrew Clark died suddenly in 2021 at the age of 47. (photo: courtesy)

The New Frontiers School Board student photo contest will now be named after Andrew Clark, former photographer of the New Frontiers Schools Sun of Chateauguay And it is involved in the community, which suddenly died in 2021. This is also the first year that the contest has been extended to two high schools in School Board territory.

For several years, art teacher Katrina Smith-Valade has been holding a photo contest for her students at Billings High School in Chateauguay. In 2022, it expanded participation to all students of the school institution, and the initiative fared well with 140 photos being submitted, she explains.

At the same time, Erika Ostvin, Andrew Clark’s wife, calls her to offer to use some of the photographer’s old equipment, himself a graduate of this high school.

“Thinking about how much Andrew enjoyed the photos,” she says, “I thought we could name the contest after him and make it a bigger event, involving both high schools.”

Tribute to my love

Mrs. Osteven is very pleased that we are praising her husband’s work in this way. “He knew the science behind his craft and made a great product. I hope the kids will put the same amount of attention and effort into their work. We can’t wait to see the results,” she says.

Châteauguoise will also be part of the jury. “I invited fellow photographer and Andrew’s close friend Scott Linstead to help referee knowing full well that I would judge more with my heart than my head. Scott would offer his expertise.”

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Mr. Linstead gladly accepted the invitation. “We were close friends, so anything I can do as a friend and as a photographer to keep his memory alive makes me happy,” said the man, whose photo has already been published in the prestigious National Geographic magazine.

Six categories

Students participating in the competition are invited to submit up to three photographs in one of six categories. A category for employees has also been proposed.

The public will be invited to vote for their favorite photos via social networks. The finalists will then be judged by a panel made up of representatives from both schools, Mrs. Ostvine and Mr. Linstead.

The winning photos will be printed and displayed at the school. Certificates and awards will also be awarded.