A Quesnel photographer loves capturing the beauty of everyday moments.
“Just being out there with your camera takes you away from everything, and you just go out and shoot,” Karen Powell said.
“It’s the best.”
Powell was awarded $100 after two of her photographs were chosen for a 2022 calendar by Integris Credit Union.
The 13-month calendar features photos by members from across northern B.C., including Vanderhoof, Ancient Forest-Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park, Fraser Lake, Takla Landing, Prince George and Saik’uz.
Two winning photos were also submitted from Big Bar Lake and Clinton.
“The credit union is very much a part of the community, and we reached out to members to take pictures,” said multi-branch manager Wade Cummings.
“We’re very proud to have somebody here from Quesnel win and have two photographs in our calendar.”
Powell has been doing photography since 2002.
She credits former Quesnel Observer photographers Ross Mitchell and Sasha Sefter with showing her essential tips and tricks.
“Some of it is self-taught,” Powell added. “Most of it is just going out and playing with the camera.”
Powell’s photo of a hockey player’s silhouette highlighted by a sunset on Dragon Lake is the first photo in the Integris Credit Union calendar marking the end of 2021.
Her second photo of a winter kayaker on the Fraser River is featured in February 2022.
One of Powell’s favourite locations to snap pictures is east of Quesnel on the Barkerville Highway (Highway 26) where she looks for bears.
”It’s a hobby right now,” Powell said of photography.
“I hope to go professional. It’s just going to take a little bit of time.”