Since Time Immemorial, the Fraser River has shaped the lives of those who inhabit the river basin. From the Rocky Mountains to the Salish Sea, the Fraser Watershed is home to over three million people, each with their own unique view of the river.

*Click* Photos of the Fraser brings together these points of view in a juried collection collection of photographs submitted by members of the local community. For the exhibit’s eleventh year, we are pleased to partner with the New Westminster Photography Club. Every year, *Click* runs with a different theme to tie all the photos together, and 2021’s theme is ‘Resilience‘. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated cooperation and teamwork, as well as resilience in the face of hardship. We believe this theme to be timely.

Photos are submitted to one of three categories:

  • The River Wild (environmental)
  • The Working River (economic)
  • The River’s People (socio-cultural)

Winning entries are selected for each category, plus one by popular vote, for a total of four winners. These, along with twelve Honourable Mentions, are currently on display at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, and we encourage you to stop by and see them in-person!

All thirty seven entries, including the winners for each category, have been published here in a special virtual gallery. We hope you enjoy this year’s edition of  *Click* Photos of the Fraser!

People’s Choice Winner

Every year, a single photograph is selected by popular vote to win the People’s Choice Award.
As this year’s event saw the FRDC partner with the New Westminster Photography Club, club members determined that Chasing the Boom, by Nancy Matheson, was deserving of this honour.

A Tugboat, the Dorothy Mackenzie, navigating log booms through the Fraser River between New Westminster and Queensborough.
A tugboat steering the end of a long log boom through a narrow passageway. Taken near the Queensborough Railway Bridge.

Click 2021: Winning Entries

Please enjoy the three winners for this year’s exhibit! One winner is selected for each sub-category:

The Working River (Economic): A Quiet Observer, by Michal Fedeles

Image shows a Fraser Port tugboat emerging from a fogbank on the Fraser River.
A tugboat captain on a watch on the Fraser River. Taken at New Westminster.

The River Wild (Environmental): The Path to the River, by Deanna Thorson

Image shows a wooden walkway leading to the Fraser River. On either side of the walkway, branches and ferns are visible.
Wooden pathway leading over a swampy area to a river beach. Taken at The foot of Annacis Island near Gordons Food Services.

The River’s People (Socio-cultural): Work and Leisure, by Peter Eisenbock

Image shows a man fishing on the banks of the Fraser River. In the background, two tugboats are steering a log boom downriver.
The river is many things to many people. A place to work and a place to enjoy a quiet afternoon fishing. Taken at Foreshore Park, Burnaby.

Category: The Working River (economic)

The Fraser River is an economic centre for the province, generating over 42,000 jobs and supporting the livelihoods of numerous communities. Please enjoy this year’s take of Resilience for the Working River!

Category: The River Wild (environmental)

The Fraser River is home to an incredible array of wildlife, from ghostly sturgeon and migratory Pacific Salmon to hundreds of species of migratory birds. Preserving this incredible biodiversity is a key challenge facing Fraser River organizations, and we hope you enjoy this snapshot of the River Wild!

Category: The River’s People (socio-cultural)

The Fraser Watershed is home to over three million people, and all have their own unique stories to tell and experiences of the Fraser River. From living by the river’s edge to boating on its turbid waters, please enjoy this snapshot of people going about their daily lives, resilient in the face of all the hardships that COVID-19 has brought.

Thank you to the New Westminster Photography Club for contributing to this year’s exhibit!

Photography rights belong to their respective owners.