Surprised to be in focus

The award nominated photo taken during the Occupy Nelson zombie walk will be presented at the first of two award ceremonies Saturday.

The Megan Cole award nominated photo

The award nominated picture taken during the Occupy Nelson zombie walk last year will be presented at the first of two award ceremonies on Saturday.

The zombie walk for me was just another story assignment. Yet that one picture has not only impacted my life, but the life of the zombie in the picture.

I caught up with Robyn Jensen — the zombie in the photo — yesterday before I departed for Richmond and the awards ceremony.

“It’s a little bit of excitement in what is normally just everyday life,” Jensen told me on Thursday during a break between classes at Kootenay School of the Arts.

She came out to the zombie walk that day after being invited by her friends to attend.

“I wanted to show support, I guess and I really believe in change and that we can do small things to make an impact,” she said.

Jensen hadn’t noticed that her picture was on the November 2, 2011 front page of the Nelson Star following the zombie walk until her friends at school told her.

“I guess I noticed that you were there taking pictures,” she told me. “But I didn’t really think much of it and certainly didn’t think any of this would happen.”

The picture of Jensen is nominated for best spot news photo at both the Ma Murray 2012 Community Newspaper Awards and the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

“I was really surprised by what people were saying about the picture and how much impact it actually had,” said Jensen.

I asked her how she felt that her picture has now been seen nationwide.

“Oh wow,” she said with surprise. “I didn’t know that. I don’t really know how I feel about that. That’s pretty exciting.”

The Ma Murray awards are held in Richmond at the River Rock Casino and take place on Saturday night.

Just Posted

Salmo woman in need of third liver transplant

An event Saturday raised $1,500 for Shelby Gielen

RDCK approves loan request to remediate Salmo tailings site

The H.B. Mine tailings pond poses a risk of toxic contamination

Nelson Brewing Company wins award

Hooligan Pilsner won first place at the B.C. Beer Awards

Ramona Faust re-elected to RDCK board

Faust defeated challenger Reggie Goldsbury

Leafs stretch winning streak to seven

Nelson routed Golden 7-3 on Saturday

VIDEO: Monday Roundup!

Post-election, curling club, Salmo toxic tailings site, Castlegar airport reliability, and more

B.C. cold case helps ‘60 Minutes’ explain genetic genealogy

An arrest in the 1987 double-murder of two people from Victoria was one of three examples highlighted in a segment you can watch here

Delivery of cannabis could be impacted by postal strike

BC Liquor Distribution Branch look at alternative third-party delivery services

Around the BCHL: Chilliwack Chiefs snag spot in CJHL national rankings

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the BCHL and the junior A world.

Rural regions get priority for B.C. referendum mail-out

Ballot security measures aim to protect against voter fraud

B.C.’s natural gas supply could see 50% dip through winter due to pipeline blast

It’s been two weeks since the Enbridge pipeline ruptured near Prince George on Oct. 9, sparking a large fireball

Mega Millions, Powerball prizes come down to math, long odds

Biggest myth: The advertised $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize and $620 million Powerball prize aren’t quite real

2 Canadians advance to finals at world wrestling championships

Olympic champion Erica Wiebe just missed joining them with a loss 3-1 to three-time world champion Adeline Gray of the United States in the 76-kg event

VIDEO: Fire destroys historic small-town B.C. restaurant

Two people were injured as fire ripped through the Hedley restaurant around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday

Most Read