CALEDON – Ontario: An Ismaili actuary has won the first prize in a local photography contest.
Anaar Jessa won the first prize in adult photography section for her picture “A Falling Forest.”
Her Iranian-born husband, Farid Jalilian, received an honorable mention for his photo “A Calm Coast.”
There was no children’s category in the 2018 contest organized by the Caledon Public Library.
Last year, the couple’s two children Tia and Neela both won prizes in the contest.
Anaar is the daughter of Rosila and Sultan Jessa, a retired journalist and a regular contributor to Ismaili Mail.
Anaar, who works for Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, said the whole family enjoys photography.
Last year, Anaar, Tia and Neela all participated in Click, Create and Celebrate, an initiative of Caledon Public Library to celebrate Canada 150.
Caledon is a tiny Ontario community near Brampton.
Caledon Public Library was the proud recipient of the 2016 Angus Mowat Award of Excellence in recognition of Click, Create and Celebrate initiative.
Colleen Lipp, chief executive officer and chief librarian, said Angus Mowat Award was awarded to them by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, culture and Sport.
This award, she said, recognized a commitment to excellence in the delivery of public library service.”But, truth be told, it is those who generously share their talent, whose who support the work of others and those who join in on the celebration who truly deliver – again and again,” Lipp said.
Tia’s photo “Doesn’t get more Canadian than this” won the first prize in the teen photography contest.
Her younger sister Neela’s photo “Sunset Cruise” won the second prize in the children’s photography.
And their mother’s photo “Paddle On” won the third prize in the adult photography.
The Jessa family has been interested in photography for many years