Unveiling of Painting of Daryl Reid; Manitoba Legislature (Winnipeg Photographers)

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I love the variety in my job as a photographer. I do portraits of babies, children, families, head shots, weddings and the list goes on and on. Each session that I do is a new adventure with new people to meet and photograph. Photographing the unveiling of Daryl Reid’s painting at the Manitoba Legislature is an example of the variety in my job.

It was a pleasure to have had the chance to be a part of this special day and to photograph it. A special thank you to Sylvia Jensen, my friend and assistant for coming with me on short notice.

Here are a few images of this event.

And the winners were………… (Winnipeg Photographers)

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I love the thrill and challenge of competition. I love playing Scrabble and card games are right up my alley but I am not competitive in any sports. (I tried golfing for quite a few years and was terrible at it; certainly not competitive!)

Over the years I’ve entered a lot of competitions at The Manitoba Camera Club and have  learned a lot from listening to judges critique the entries; my own and other people’s.   Even though it has been often painful to hear someone tear my image apart, it also has helped me to grow as a photographer. When you put your work out there for someone else to judge, it really is like putting your heart and soul on the line. It takes courage. It takes patience and it takes a lot of hard work. You listen, you learn and you keep on trying until you get it (unless it’s golf!). I’m not where I want to be in photography but I’m on my way. And life is really about the journey and not the destination. Getting the affirmations that I got at the PPOC convention this past month have been huge.

As a member of PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) you are eligible to enter competitions both nationally and provincially. I entered a few images in both the Saskatchewan and Manitoba competitions.

The images are rated by a panel of 6 judges in the following categories: Not Accepted, Accepted, Merit and Excellence.

I received a Merit for The Face in the Tatters (seen below),  which I entered in the Saskatchewan salon.

I can’t remember where I found this image, but when I looked at it, I saw a face. I didn’t add anything to it. I just highlighted the eyes, nose, mouth and hair, did some dodging and burning and saturated the colours. And here is that mysterious face peeking out of the tatters!


I entered  Autumn Palette au Metal  (seen below) in the Manitoba competition and it did very well.  It won Most Creative Photograph for Manitoba, plus being the image that 3 judges choose for their favorite image! I feel very honoured that it was chosen by not one, or two, but three judges!

Autumn Palette au Metal is a composite. The original image was of a metal wall that I saw when I was in Barbados. As soon as I saw the wall, I imagined some fall trees in it. Once I got home, I looked through my files of fall trees and choose a couple to place on top of the image of the metal wall in Photoshop. I also added the leaves and the screws that are along the bottom. It was a process that I worked on over a period of time, always trying to step back and reassess the image.  I love the lines, the colours and the painterly look of it! What do you think?

Autumn's Palette au MetalChristina McWilliams 10 Fine Art,

Autumn’s Palette au MetalChristina McWilliams 10 Fine Art,


I want to send out a huge “Thank you” to Colleen Serban (http://colleenserban.com/) for taking pictures at our convention. She took the following photographs at the Awards Banquet on Oct. 29th.


This is the rep from Don’s Photo presenting me with the plaque for Most Creative Photograph! Thank you Don’s Photo! I am having this image printed on metal as a 48×36 at Don’s.




This is Pearl Angelini presenting me with the ribbons for the Judge’s Choice Awards!



Plaque and Ribbons and a Huge Smile!

Congratulations to the other awards winners:

Best Commercial Award:
Total Focus – J. Carey Lauder, CPA, F.Ph.  (https://www.facebook.com/jamescarey.lauder)
Sponsored by: Princess Auto

Best General Award:
Turner Landscape After the Storm – Ingeborg Skliros, MPA
Sponsored by: Harvard Western Insurance

Best Portrait Award:
After Dark – Paul Misseghers.   (https://www.facebook.com/paul.misseghers/)
Sponsored by The Lab Works

Best Out of Province Award:
I pitty the fool – John Wills, CPA, LPPO
Sponsored by Aspire Studios

Best Album Award:
Venice – An Artistic Impression – Ingeborg Skliros, MPA
Sponsored by Impact Photographic Design

Judge’s Choice Awards:
Kent Wong, MPA, SPA (Jury Chair): Total Focus – J. Carey Lauder, CPA, F.Ph.  (https://www.facebook.com/jamescarey.lauder)
Lavonne Gorrill, MPA: Total Focus – J. Carey Lauder, CPA, F.Ph.  (https://www.facebook.com/jamescarey.lauder)
Mark Greschner, MPA, SPA: Turner Landscape After the Storm – Ingeborg Skliros, MPA
Walter Janzen, MPA, SPA, F.Ph., HLM: Lady in Red – Rodney Braun, MPA
Cyndie Knorr, CPA: Autumn’s Palette au Metal – Christina McWilliams
Kelsey Qualman, MPA: Autumn’s Palette au Metal – Christina McWilliams
Jay Terry, MPA.  (https://www.facebook.com/jaytphoto/) : Autumn’s Palette au Metal – Christina McWilliams

Photographer of the Year: Bruce Hendricks, MPA, F.Ph., F/PPOC-BC, CPP.   (https://www.facebook.com/bahendricks)

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Fireworks at the beach! (Winnipeg Photographers)

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I usually go to The Forks to photograph the fireworks and was pleasantly surprised at the fireworks at Albert Beach this weekend. Albert Beach is just before Victoria Beach on Hwy 59, so it was the perfect place to go; fewer people than in the city, very few cars, an awesome beach and sunset and spectacular fireworks.

Have a look:

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Carol Brisebois Book Launch: April.2015 (Winnipeg Event Photographers)

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It was my pleasure to photograph the book launch of Carol Brisebois’s latest book: Prayer to Serenity today at McNally Robinson book store.

Thank you to my friend and photographer extraordinaire Sylvia for coming along to help out and to shoot a video of the event.

Here is a short preview of the images from the event:

This is the absolutely beautiful merry-go-round cake (based on the book) made by the folks at the cafe in McNally Robinson.

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Six Years Old Now! (Winnipeg Child Photographers)

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I’ve been photographing this little guy’s birthday parties for a few years now. This year the event was held at The Children’s Museum once again. Last year when I was there, I was able to keep up with the kids running from spot to spot and got some great photos of them playing. This year, they were running  a lot faster and it was almost impossible to “catch” them in photos! I did get some great images from this birthday party and the great bunch of kids that were there.


The first image is of the birthday boy with his posed smile. I caught him with a friend in the second one and I love the smile on his face in that image.

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Best Buds!

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This little cutie, who is A’s cousin, came to help him celebrate. kam 11 14-4sm

The Great Train Robbery! (Prairie Dog Central)


Today was a blast from the past when my friend John and I went on the Prairie Dog Central for The Great Train Robbery. It was  a ton of fun even though it rained for more of the trip and was freezing cold outside. The train leaves Inkster Junction and travels at a very slow pace to Grosse Isle. We could see people in vehicles stopping all along the way to take pictures when they saw the train coming and some that took pictures while they were driving. The funniest thing was how the cows in the fields ran for their lives when the smoke came towards them.

I highly recommend this adventure. Here are some images from our day:

The robbers coming to get money from the unsuspecting passengers.

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Hands up!

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Handing money over at gunpoint.

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Waiting for his company of thieves to come back with the money.

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Scary bandit!

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Shovelling coal


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John got to sit in the engineer’s seat.

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This is part of a movie set that is being shot in Grosse Isle.

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Amazing how much smoke filled the air.

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Spring Sprint 2014! (Winnipeg Event Photographers)


There was a great turnout yesterday at Spring Sprint 2014 with over 500 attendants and over $80,000 raised. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The day could not have been more perfect!

Thank you to Scott and Shauna for organizing the event and for allowing me  to photograph it. If anyone sees themselves in one of these images or if you know that I took your photo, but it is not here, just email me and I will send you your photos. My email address is chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com. You can also text me at 204-962-3424.

These are some of the images that I captured:


Miss Teen Central Manitoba!

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Some of the names of people with brain tumors.

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A beautiful little model, my great-niece!

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One of the organizers, Scott Chudley, speaking to CBC.

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Family and friends out to support a person living the a brain tumor.


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Brain tumor survivors!

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Another wonderful example of friends and family out to support a person touched by a brain tumor.

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The muscle shirt group!

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I was touched by this gentleman, who had trouble walking, but participated in the walk anyway!

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A lovely view of the walkers/runners.

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Another example of the support the family and friends offer to their loved ones!

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Some very special people in my life; my niece Shauna and her family. Shauna is a survivor!

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Scott and Shauna; a great team; wonderful people!

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