Vancouver Then and Now Photo Challenge

Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Over the last few of years I have featured themed collections of photos from the City of Vancouver Archives on my site. However, this month I thought I would change things up a bit and issue a challenge to my readers and local photographers. The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create your own photos to replicate a handful of archive photos that I have selected.

Vancouver Then and Now Photo Challenge

Calling all Vancouver photographers! The challenge is to capture photos this month that depict the same locations as the archive photos featured in this post. Try to get the same angles, adjust the to the same crop, and replicate these images as best you can. You’ll be getting the “NOW” versions of these “THEN” photographs and can potentially win some great prizes from London Drugs.

Challenge Photos

I would love to see “NOW” photos for any of these five images. Some of them may need more attention than others so you can focus on one of the photos or go for all five.

Robson at Howe
This image shows the courthouse building (now the Vancouver Art Gallery) and a previous Hotel Vancouver (where the TD Tower is now).

1917: Corner of Robson and Howe Streets. Photographer: F. Gowen. Archives# CVA 677-170.

Coal Harbour and Skyline
The best place to snap this shot will be from the Stanley Park Seawall in Coal Harbour just before you reach the rowing club (to the left).

1940s: Photographers: Burns-Miller. Archives# CVA 1376-76.

Carrall at Water in Gastown
Looking north on Carrall at Water street. You’ll definitely have the Gassy Jack statue in photos of this area today.

1907: Photographer: Philip T. Timms. Archives# CVA 677-577.

Georgia and Granville
Standing in front of London Drugs at Georgia and Granville, you’ll get this view facing north west. UPDATE: Read more about this corner on Changing Vancouver!

1933: Photographer: Stuart Thomson. Archives# CVA 99-4306.

False Creek From Main
You can’t tell by looking at it today but False Creek used be a whole lot more liquid. The water stretched all the way back to where Clark Drive is located now and it wasn’t filled in until less than 100 years ago when the rail lines came through and the Pacific Central train station was built. This image, looking north from Main and 7th, will probably be the toughest to duplicate but I’m really looking forward to seeing if someone can pull it off.

1889: Photographer: H.T. Devine for C.S. Bailey. Archives# Van Sc P147.


I will select a third and second place winner, then one grand prize winner. Thanks to London Drugs and the London Drugs Photolab, I have some awesome prizes up for grabs:

The runners up will receive a 12×18 Gallery Wrap courtesy of London Drugs Photolab (value $79.99): “See what depth and dimension can do to your images! Using specialty pigmented inks with archival qualities, we print your images on premium fine art canvas and hand stretch onto 1 ¾” deep wooden frames – for easy placement or hanging. Your photo images can now be viewed as works of art, perfect for your living room or office. Keep dry and do not use water or any wet cleaning solutions when cleaning.”

NikonPrizeThe grand prize winner will receive a Nikon D3200 Black Body with 18-55mm VR Lens courtesy of London Drugs (value $499.99)

Features include new level of image quality with 24MP CMOS sensor, Expeed 3 processing for improved images and speed, 4 frames per second capture, Nikon GUIDE MODE for easy navigation to great pictures, and full 1080p with full time AF and stereo sound.

How to Enter

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Prizes cannot be exchanged for other items or cash. Miss604 and London Drugs do not encourage you to put yourself in harm’s way to capture these images so please BE CAREFUL with your street photography. By entering the contest and submitting your photo, you give Miss604 permission to publish your photos and to create derivative works/mashups for the Then and Now series. Photos may appear on and Miss604’s social media networks, with full credit. Your photos (licenses) remain yours.

This contest is open to everyone 18 and older and you don’t have to be a professional to participate. I will close the contest on Thursday, March 20 Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:00pm. The grand prize winner will be determined after I consult with my contacts at London Drugs and the City of Vancouver Archives. Good luck to all!

Update Due to such inclement weather in early March I have extended the deadline by a few days. The new end date is Sunday, March 23rd, 2024.

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11 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Debbie FWednesday, March 12th, 2014 — 1:02pm PDT

    I hope you post some of the photos – I sure they will be really interesting.

  2. SteveThursday, March 13th, 2014 — 7:09am PDT

    Hi Rebecca, it seems like there might be a problem with the photo upload mechanism. The rotating upload arrow icon seems to keep going forever and never completing the transfer. Either that or it just seems like it is not working and I’ve uploaded the same shot several times.

  3. DustinSunday, March 16th, 2014 — 9:42am PDT

    pick me!!!

  4. Mike RobertsonWednesday, March 19th, 2014 — 11:16am PDT

    We have come along way!

  5. John StuartSunday, March 23rd, 2014 — 11:34pm PDT

    I headed downtown on a gorgeous day the afternoon of the 24th. With me was our family camera, a small 12 pixel, printouts of all five challenges and enough time to take several in not all photos and then make it to work.

    Except for the accident that happened on Lions Gate Bridge. I had to turn around and made it with enough time to turn around at Capilano and Marine and take the Iron Workers. I had time for one photo and make it to work just on time. My photo was of Carrall at Water in Gastown.

    All the best to everyone who took this fun Then & Now Photo Challenge!

  6. John StuartSunday, March 23rd, 2014 — 11:52pm PDT

    I headed downtown on a gorgeous day the afternoon of the 24th. With me was our family camera, it’s a small 12 pixel point and shoot. I brought printouts of all five challenges and enough time to take several if not all the photo challenges and then make it to work on time.

    Except I didn’t prepare for the possibility of an accident, like the one that happened on Lions Gate Bridge. I made a quick decision and got out of the traffic jam, hung a left at Capilano and Marine and backtracked to take the Iron Workers Memorial instead. This gave me just enough time for one photo and to make it to work on time. My photo was of Carrall at Water in Gastown.

    All the best to everyone who took this fun Then and Now Photo Challenge! ♥

  7. MarilouFriday, March 28th, 2014 — 3:21pm PDT

    I’m wondering when the entries or winners will be published.

  8. MelissaTuesday, April 1st, 2014 — 1:19pm PDT

    …I’m dying to see the pics of those that entered!!! I recently bought a coffee table book from Costco, on then and nows of Vancouver… those type of photo comparisons!!

  9. Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 Rebecca BollwittTuesday, April 1st, 2014 — 1:21pm PDT

    Hi all, I’ve have them up ASAP and will notify the winners. Thanks for your patience!

  10. Steve v.Sunday, April 6th, 2014 — 7:10am PDT

    Whoever wins that camera (if not me), I have an offer for you! I was doing a video shoot for a non-profit and dropped my beloved Nikon on a tile floor 🙁

  11. MelissaTuesday, April 15th, 2014 — 10:54am PDT


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