‘Capture Life’ photo competition continues until July 31

Trio of KPU nursing students created contest to benefit Langley Hospice Society

Trying to “capture life” in a single photo is not as straightforward as three nursing students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University might have thought.

Is it a photo of a sunset, people playing on the beach, hiking, horseback riding, laughing or eating?

According to the community, it’s all of these things.

These are just some of the themes in dozens of images submitted so far in the Capture Life photo contest, created by nursing students Janice Jonathan, Tara Rahiman and Megan Salcak to benefit the Langley Hospice Society.

The students are asking people in the community to submit their best photos that “capture life” for a visual presentation to be used by the hospice for training and publicity.

Rather than discussing the grief and loss of loved ones that is often associated with hospices, the students want to show the community the positivity and support that the Langley Hospice Society provides.

“It’s really about celebrating life, that’s what the hospice does,” said Salcak, a Langley resident.

“To have that resource and see how much it can help, it’s incredible … it’s so hard to put into words.”

The photos are all being uploaded onto the Capturing Life contest Facebook page, and the three with the most “likes” will win prizes.

First place is a one-year yoga pass at Evolution Yoga Studio, second place a $50 gift basket and $30 gift card from Rustic Roots Health Foods, and third place a $50 gift card to Nature’s Fare Market.

“It’s the community vision that we want to create and capture … if you look at the [Facebook] page, there’s such different views and it’s really inspiring to see different people’s perspectives on what is capturing life,” Salcak said.

“It’s very touching.”

Though the project originated as an assignment in their community development class, working with the hospice has been “transformational,” Salcak said.

“I think it’s such a vital resource that I believe everyone should be aware of,” she said.

“In those moments when people are really in dark places and they are approaching death or the loss of a loved one, knowing there is support available I just think is so invaluable.”

When complete, the presentation will be posted on the Langley Hospice Society’s website, and a preview will be shown during the society’s annual garden party fundraiser on Aug. 13.

Deadline to submit images to the contest is July 31.

The contest is open only to residents in the Fraser Valley.

To submit, email capturinglifecontest@gmail.com or post on their Facebook Page, Capturing Life Contest.