Talented local students are being recognized for their photography this
month at a virtual exhibit as part of the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, British

Over the last three years, School District 71 secondary students have showcased some of their
extraordinary photography at the Flash Forward Incubator Program, an elite arts festival for
emerging young artists. This year the final student exhibit is a little different.

The program, which is sponsored by the Magenta Foundation, is devoted to nurturing budding
young Canadian youth with photography mentorship opportunities to develop and fuel their
passion for photography. In addition, the Magenta provides a platform for youth to express their
artistic voices publicly at exhibitions, in print, and online publications.

The past two years have afforded opportunities for participants from the District to travel to the
mainland to experience their exhibit. For 2020, instead of an up-close and personal exhibition,
our participating students involved in the Magenta project will have their photography work on
display and for auction on-line.

G.P. Vanier, Mark R. Isfeld and Highlands students, as well as their photography teachers had all
hoped to be physically in attendance to observe the student exhibition It’s a Plastic World in
Vancouver over the April 4th weekend; however, given the current measures and limitations in
place with COVID-19, their experience has to be a virtual one.

Students’ photography work can be viewed alongside other BC students from now until April 30
at: https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/62253/auctions/78496?t=all

In addition, all proceeds from the auction will be returned to the photography program at the
each of the three secondary schools.

G.P. Vanier students include Abby Lundquist, Daniel Martinez, Danielle Egilson, Kenisha
Anderson, Desi De Koninck, and Emilie Van Holderbeke. Mark R Isfeld students include Elly
Gilmore, Gracie McCrae, Jenna Gill, Merle Behrndt, and Katie Phillips Highland students
include Chantal Morfitt, Jessica Gui and Yenjin Lee.

Among the images submitted, the photography artwork of G.P. Vanier’s Desi De Koninck was
selected among a panel of jurors for the Chester Fields student show at The Polygon Gallery in
North Vancouver.

Educators who led students through their photography and art studies include Dave Ingram, Lisa
Chase and Charity Munro.

Congratulations to the photography programs and participating students. Quite an

Mary Lee

Manager of Communications, Comox Valley Schools (School District 71)