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2020 PPOC AWARDS 

Solitary Sandpiper

WRITTEN BY: TREVOR POTTELBERG

"SOLITARY SANDPIPER"

by Trevor Pottelberg, featuring a beautiful Solitary Sandpiper feeding in a shallow golden marsh has just won a Best in Class & Judges Choice Award at the 2020 Professional Photographers of Canada - Ontario Provincials.

This bird is only a visitor to our region during it’s long spring migration north. He spends most of his winter season all the way down in South America.

This entire photographic event unfolded unexpectedly while I was capturing some images of baby goslings. I was just about to pack it in for the night when I spotted this little guy in the back end of a local marshland. His mirror reflection is what first caught my eye. As I studied his movements, I noticed that he was constantly probing the mud and foraging on tiny aquatic life.

I knew it would be tricky, but I thought it would be great to capture a photo of him just as he breaks the water’s surface with his long bill. As you can imagine, I had to fire off hundreds of photos before getting him in a perfect parallel position to the camera. Due to the shallow nature of the marsh, there were many protruding distractions that I had to work around. I had to wait for the right moment where the bird had moved into a clean area.

The golden glow came from the setting sun casting it’s light onto tall reeds, which in turn were reflecting into the water below.

The Old School House

by Trevor Pottelberg

“The Old School House” by Trevor Pottelberg, features a quaint abandoned school house surrounded by agricultural land. This image has just won the Best in Class Award (Pictorial) at the 2020 Professional Photographers of Canada - Ontario Provincials.

The galactic core of the Milky Way shines brightly above, arching right into the building.

In times like these, it gives me a feeling of hope and peacefulness. It also reminds us that time keeps on ticking regardless of what is currently happening in all of our lives.

Trevor with his two Best in Class Awards from the 2020 Professional Photographers of Canada - Ontario Provincials. 

Trevor POTTELBERG - APRIL.30, 2020

Photo by: CARA POTTELBEG

Best In Class - Press


"Pier Pressure"

This award winning image features a massive wave crashing into the Port Stanley Pier with the main lighthouse standing strong in the background. The ultimate power of these gale force driven waves is astonishing at times and easily mistaken for ocean waves by non familiar onlookers. The main gates on the pier are closed / locked during the fall season and for good reason. It wouldn't take much to lose someone if they decided to ignore the warnings and venture out during a storm like this. Nature is absolutely raw and destructive at times, but beautiful nonetheless. 

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