Look Outside. Click. Share. Connect.

  By Evelyn Drake

Click. Share. Connect. This summer, Look Outside, an exciting new photo contest and initiative launched by Wildsight, invites everyone to grab their cameras (or their cell phones!), head outside and capture their favourite places in the Kootenays.

Celebrating our connection to wild places and the wildlife that lives within them, Look Outside offers two different ways to participate. You can submit your photos to our year-long photo contest at wildlookoutside.com for a chance to win amazing monthly prizes, grand prizes, and a chance to have your images included in the Look Outside community tour. Or, you can submit photos through social media channels such as Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, tagged #WildLookOutside.

Pat Morrow, an award-winning local photographer and mountaineer who is helping coordinate the initiative said, “Photography has been a prime motivator for exploring the Purcells ever since Albert MacCarthy took the first climbing action photos with his folding Eastman camera in 1916. Photos and video clips submitted to the Look Outside initiative and photo contest will celebrate the contemporary Purcell region—and also inspire the on-going need to safeguard the wild.”

“Help us showcase the Purcells and surrounding region by posting or submitting your photos,” said Juri Peepre, Wildsight board chair. “The response to Look Outside has been very positive. Personally, I can’t wait to get out and photograph my favourite places and see the region through other people’s eyes. I hope lots of people will join in!”

Andrea Smillie, Look Outside Coordinator


Evelyn Drake has been in the camera business since 2004. She has been involved in every aspect of The Camera Store's operations with a focus on marketing and event-based initiatives. She also hosts our YouTube channel The Camera Store TV.