City announces 2020 Essence of Bellingham winners

City Hall reception temporarily postponed

May 20, 2020 - by Shannon Taysi, Program Administration Specialist

​Out of more than 300 submissions, six photographers were selected to receive top awards for their photos in the 15th annual “Essence of Bellingham” Photo Competition. 

  • Best of Show – 1st Place – “Blast From the Past” by Ben Joyce
  • Best of Show – 2nd Place – “Beautiful Bellingham-Fairhaven” by David Veatch
  • Best of Show – 3rd Place – “Galbraith Mountain Mountain Biking” by Ivy Newell
  • Best of Class – K-4 Grade – “Wearing a Mask at Easter” by Chantelle Forsyth
  • Best of Class – 9-12 Grade – “Plumy Winter Skies” by Caden Seyler
  • Best of Class – College – “The Light Has Not Gone” by Tristin Munich

Along with top winners, 115 best of category and honorable mention photographs will be displayed in the City Hall lobby. A public reception and participation in the Downtown Art Walk have been temporarily postponed due to COVID-related restrictions. 

The competition was sponsored by the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum. Submissions were juried by representatives from the Whatcom Museum and City of Bellingham. Winning entries were selected based on how well they captured the essence of Bellingham and the quality of the photograph.

All entries will be added to Whatcom Museum’s photo archives and may appear on BTV or in other City publications. A photo gallery of this year’s entries, a complete list of awards, and details about the next competition are available at​ 

Media Contact

​Shannon Taysi, Program Administration Specialist
Planning and Community Development​

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