Photo Contest 2019

Photo Contest – Celebrating 25 Years of Canadians on the Camino de Santiago

Every year, about 5,000 Canadians walk or cycle the ancient pilgrimage routes that lead to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Supporting them in their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual preparations for their journey is the Canadian Company of Pilgrims (CCoP). The Canadian Company of Pilgrims is a non-denominational volunteer-run association that supports Canadians before, during and after their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

This year, CCoP is proud to celebrate their 25-year anniversary with celebrations that include a special photo contest open to all Canadians who have done the Camino.

“We are calling on Canadian pilgrims to submit a single best photo that represents their connection to the Camino. We are especially interested in images that capture the theme and history of the Camino over the years, and that communicate a unique and personal story of their experience on the Camino, with visually rich, creative and inspiring images,” said Lea Pennock, President of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims.


And the Winners are …….

Grand Prize Winner
Sunbrellas on route to Santo Domingo de la Calzada
by Glen Armstrong

Second Prize Winner
Crossing the Pyrenees
by Monique Martel

Third Prize Winner
by Ruby Johnson

Video of the Top 25 Photos as chosen by CCoP Members.


Video below is the collection of photos submitted to our contest this year.

Meet the Judges

Dennis Tam is an Emmy Award winning motion graphic animator base in Victoria, B.C. His company’s animation design work can be seen around the world from Canada to Dubai. Dennis’ passion for the Camino has taken him to walk the Camino 6 times. He is an active member of the Victoria chapter of Canadian Company of Pilgrims.

Dennis Tam

Judy Gayford founded the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims in 2007. She has volunteered several times as a hospitalera on the Camino de Santiago. She is a watercolorist and also enjoys the design and creation of fibre.

Judy Gayford

Austin Cooke, a retired official of the Department of Canadian Heritage, has done 10 caminos, including the really obscure Vadiniense, Catalan, and Castellano Aragonese, among others.  He has taken about 3,000 photos of the Camino, and some of them have featured in his two photographic exhibitions in Ottawa.   He was founding coordinator of the Ottawa branch of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims, and served as the President of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims for seven years, for which he was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit by King Felipe VI.

Austin Cooke

Ivor Lockhart is one of the two coordinators of the Winnipeg Chapter.  When not engaged in CCoP work, he likes to spend time at his hobby – photography.

Ivor Lockhart

Canadian Company of Pilgrims