Pat Gibb’s winning photo of a wilting flower.

Pat Gibb’s winning photo of a wilting flower.

Ridge photographer wins B.C. contest

Pat Gibbs' photograph of a wilting flower was among the top three winners

The results are in for a province-wide photography contest and a Maple Ridge resident is one of the top three winners.

The contest, held by The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness campaign, asked amateur shutterbugs to submit photos capturing the beauty of imperfection and the campaign’s subtheme “Perfect is Boring!”

Pat Gibbs’s submission was selected as one of the winning photographs determined by votes from PEDAW committee members.

“When I took the photo I thought of it as being captioned: An Aging Beauty,’” said Gibbs.

“Although our society most often deals with poor body image from the perspective of the young, and rightly so because the results can often be fatal, still there are many, many seniors – primarily women, but nowadays men are also affected – who nip and tuck and dye and vacuum fat and transplant hair to conceal the signs of age, sometimes becoming addicts to the cosmetic surgery process and it is sad to see someone who has had a lifetime to gain wisdom and learn to love themselves succumb to this kind of temptation.”