Canon’s Other Side of the Lens with Tamara Taggart

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Canon Canada recently recruited a dozen of the nation’s top television weather personalities and meteorologists for their annual “Other Side of the Lens” contest.

Armed with a Canon Powershot SX200 IS, the reporters were asked to capture climate-based images with the theme “The View from Here” — last year’s theme involved chefs and Canadian culinary masters who captured “Food for Thought”. Five images from each participant are then showcased in an online vote. On behalf of all participants, Canon Canada will make a $20,000 donation to the David Suzuki Foundation and the winner will also get $5,000 for the cause of their choice.

Representing Vancouver, CTV’s Tamara Taggart submitted photos to the challenge and will be supporting Ocean Wise should she get the most votes online.

Taking time out from her busy schedule as a working mom of three, I had the chance to ask Tamara some questions about her participation in this campaign:

What was your motivation for participating in the Canon photo competition?
Tamara: “When they presented me with the challenge of this photo competition I thought it would be fun – and easy….it wasn’t easy! I love taking photos but when tasked with a subject it’s tough.”

Do you enjoy photography, is it a hobby of yours?
Tamara: “I love it and I wish I was great at it. I truly admire the work of great photographers, it’s a talent. I keep taking photos hoping to capture perfect moments.”

Did you have a theme? Did you spot the seal in Vancouver?
Tamara: “The seal was at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, I was shooting a promo with the Vancouver Aquarium on their seal release program – I loved that seal!”

“My intention was to tour the city and take shots but I was pregnant with my third baby (in three years) and was on partial bedrest so all of the photos, except the seal & the cactus (that was Palm Spring with my husband before bed rest was ordered), were taken in my yard! My favorite is the Himalayan Blue Poppy, she’s tough to grow and I did it!!”

What is your favourite subject to photograph?
Tamara: “My kids first and then my garden. I have a lot of photos of my babes, and number three will have just as many photos as number one and two!”

How did you select Ocean Wise as your cause of choice?
Tamara: “I like that they educate and empower people about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. We need to be responsible when it comes to our food and we must to keep our oceans healthy.”

You can vote for Tamara Taggart’s photos online before November 18th, 2010.

Follow her on Twitter @tamarataggart as well as her cause of choice @ocean_wise.

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