A tight race in Calgary’s municipal election – in pictures

Calgary’s incumbent mayor, Naheed Nenshi fights for his political life against Calgary lawyer Bill Smith in what has been described as a very tight race for the mayor’s seat in this year’s municipal election. SAIT’s photojournalism students were on hand to cover the event in pictures. As part of their training, students were tasked with sending their pictures from professional digital cameras to their smartphones before forwarding them to The Press file servers.¬†Many of the photos in the gallery below have been sent using this technology.

We hope you enjoy the visual story that unfolds throughout the evening as Calgary elects its next mayor, city council, and school board trustees.

12:16 a.m.: Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi delivers his victory speech in front of his supporters at his headquarters in downtown Calgary on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Nenshi was re-elected for a third term as Calgary’s mayor. (Photo by River Yeeun Cha/The Press)

12:20 a.m.: Media gathers around Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi after winning his third term as mayor of Calgary early Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle/The Press)

12:06 a.m.: Carolina Oxtoby makes a phone call after finding out mayoral candidate Bill Smith lost the Calgary municipal election to incumbent Naheed Nenshi. Smith lost the mayoral race with his 97,756 votes falling short of winner Naheed Nenshi’s 112,503. In his concession speech Smith called for Calgarians to come together and support Nenshi as mayor. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/The Press)

12:02 a.m.: Beth Bailey expresses her disbelief, and questions the polling system as mayoral candidate Bill Smith loses to incumbent Naheed Nenshi during the 2017 municipal election in Calgary. (Photo by Miranda Haughian/The Press)

12:02 a.m.: Tara Berger sheds a tear after finding out Calgary mayoral candidate Bill Smith lost the Calgary municipal election to incumbent Naheed Nenshi. In his concession speech Smith called for Calgarians to come together and support Nenshi as mayor. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/The Press)

11:56 p.m.: Bill Smith leaves the podium after losing the mayoral race to Naheed Nenshi at his electoral headquarters in Calgary on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Many supporters applauded Smith’s campaign efforts in his bid to become mayor. (Photo by Bretany Tourout/The Press)

11:56 p.m.: Bill Smith, right, hugs his wife Mary Smith after his speech at his electoral headquarters in Calgary on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Smith lost the mayor’s race to incumbent Naheed Nenshi. (Photo by Bretany Tourout/The Press)

11:56 p.m.: Calgary mayoralty candidate Bill Smith thanks all his supporters after his concession speech at his election headquarters at The Garage Sports Bar. (Photo by Quin Hauck/The Press)

11:56 p.m.: Bill Smith enters his campaign headquarters after losing the 2017 municipal election to incumbent Naheed Nenshi. (Photo by Miranda Haughian/The Press)

11:53 p.m.: Supporters gather at mayoral candidate Bill Smith’s electoral headquarters in Calgary on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Smith lost the mayor’s race to incumbent Naheed Nenshi. (Photo by Bretany Tourout/The Press)

11:52 p.m.: Bill Smith enters his campaign headquarters after losing the 2017 municipal election to incumbent Naheed Nenshi. (Photo by Miranda Haughian/The Press)

11:52 p.m.: Calgary mayoral candidate Bill Smith makes his entrance after learning of his defeat by incumbent Naheed Nenshi at his election headquarters at The Garage Sports Bar. (Photo by Quin Hauck/The Press)

11:26 p.m.: Brett Wilson hugs a supporter at mayoral candidate Bill Smith’s election night headquarters. (Photo by Bretany Tourout/The Press)

10:59 p.m.: Supporter of Naheed Nenshi, Cheryl Weatherhead, left, and Jessica Polivchuk shout in celebration as they hear the results of 2017 Calgary municipal election at Naheed Nenshi’s headquarters in downtown Calgary on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Nenshi was re-elected for a third term as Calgary’s mayor. (Photo by River Yeeun Cha/The Press)

9:28 p.m.: Naheed Nenshi supporters celebrate the news that their candidate in is in the lead during the 2017 Calgary municipal election at the National on 10th Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017. Nenshi was re-elected for a third term as Calgary’s mayor. (Photo by Rebecca Hardcastle/The Press)

9:18 p.m.: Early polls leave a bad taste in the mouths of Bill Smith supporters at his election headquarters at The Garage Sports Bar. Incumbent mayor Naheed Nenshi was elected to a third term as Calgary’s mayor. (Photo by Quin Hauck/The Press)

9:13 p.m.: A crowd gathers at the Bill Smith election headquarters at The Garage Sports Bar in Eau Claire Market in Calgary on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Smith lost the mayoral race with his 97,756 votes falling short of winner Naheed Nenshi’s 112,503. In his concession speech Smith called for Calgarians to come together and support Nenshi as mayor. (Photo by Chelsea Kemp/The Press)

9:14 p.m.: Supporters gather at mayoral candidate Bill Smith’s election night headquarters at The Garage Sports Bar in Calgary. (Photo by Bretany Tourout/The Press)

8:47p.m.: Supporters gather at mayoral candidate Bill Smith’s election night headquarters at The Garage Sports Bar in Calgary. (Photo by Bretany Tourout/The Press)