One of local artist Neil Fatin's award-winning photographs.

One of local artist Neil Fatin's award-winning photographs.

Neil Fatin named the Cowichan Lake area’s best photographer

Neil Fatin named the Cowichan Lake area's best photographer.

Despite the photographers’ names being withheld from the judge, and several  photographs submitted for judgement, local artist Neil Fatin won in two of three categories during this year’s annual Town of Lake Cowichan Photo Contest.

A clear picture of a proud-looking Cowichan Lake bull elk (pictured above) won first place in the “Nature at its best” category, for its almost surreal background of water in contrast to the dark elk.

Fatin’s picture of a Cowichan Lake Sunrise (pictured in this week’s Gazette) won first place in the “Open” category, for its vibrant display of dark and bright colours.

A third category, “People enjoying activities / recreation” received no entries.

“Every year’s a different theme,” the town’s chief administrative officer Joseph Fernandez said, of the contest.

The town’s elected officials will decide on themes for next year’s contest, with winners again announced at about this time next year.

The pictures printed on this page have been cropped to fit, so do not quite represent the pictures’ full scope.