Stino Scaletta of Brandon is the winner of the 2022 Sunrise Credit Union, Our Manitoba Photo Contest.
A panel of Sunrise staff selected Scaletta's photo from the 2019 Manitoba Summer Fair as one of the 40 finalists from approximately 400 entries for this year's contest. In April, a week-long public vote on the 40 finalists was held through the ourmanitoba.org website. Scaletta’s photo earned the most nods to be declared the winner.
"I like to go to the Manitoba Summer Fair during the fireworks. This allows me to enhance my long exposure shots of the rides with the fireworks." said Scaletta when describing his winning shot, "For this particular image, I wanted to capture the Ferris Wheel and other rides in motion with the fireworks in the background. So, I set my shutter speed at six seconds, and I was firing away (every six seconds) hoping to capture the motion of the rides with the firework explosions."
Scaletta has been entering the Our Manitoba Photo Contest from the outset. While Scaletta has been a finalist previously, this is the first time one of his entries has emerged as the winner.
"I enter the Sunrise Credit Union's Our Manitoba Photo Contest to see how my pictures compare to the many submissions you get.' said Scaletta, "This contest has hundreds of amazing entries, and being shortlisted is an achievement for me. However, to be voted into your calendar is the cherry on top."
Scaletta has reveled in photography for many years and has won other photo contests. He shared some of the keys to achieving quality photos.
"I find photography similar to golf. You can't master it, but you can have fun trying. There are 'rules' you can follow to help compose an image. You can learn them in various ways (YouTube, books, or join a photography club – I've done all three)." said Scaletta, "An image with a nice composition will give you a decent chance of getting selected for a calendar. A second tip, for landscapes, get low. A lower perspective will enhance foreground elements which will take your images up a notch."
All 13 finalists will receive a canvas print of the winning photograph, be featured in the 2023 Sunrise Credit Union calendar, and have appeared on Sunrise Credit Union's branch TVs and social media channels. In addition, Stino earned the Grant Prize of a $500 One-Year Term Deposit from Sunrise Credit Union.
2022 marked the tenth edition of the Our Manitoba Photo Contest. The unveiling of the grand prize winner on Thursday (May 12) coincided with Manitoba Day.