Image of fisherman earns Island photographer international acclaim

A black-and-white photo of North Rustico fisherman Emard Court has earned Island photographer Berni Wood a nomination for a major international photography award.

This year the California-based Black and White Spider Awards attracted more than 7,500 entries from 71 countries.

"It was just the glint in his eyes and it was the way the sun was located," Wood told CBC Radio: Mainstreet's Angela Walker, who was urged by a friend to enter the photo — which she noted is in no way touched up.

She first photographed Court in colour, then changed it to black and white because she thought it better highlighted his personality rather than calling attention to the several patterns of plaid he was wearing.

"I absolutely love talking to Emard Court, he's got wonderful stories," said Wood. "He always lets me take his photo."

'Nice to be recognized'

Wood didn't win the portrait category, but the nomination was still extra-special for the already multi-award-winning photographer.

"It's just always nice to be recognized for your work," said Wood. The jury came from National Geographic magazine as well as major international ad agencies.

With her company Reel Media Photography, Wood has mastered many genres, including pet portraits and commercial photography.

"The more difficult it is, it seems the more I like to do it!" she said. "I love to be challenged, I guess."

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