Soha Zia's winning entry

When Gulliver was shipwrecked on Lilliput the last thing he expected to find was an island full of tiny people. It’s the last thing we expected to find in the East Village in Calgary, too, but over the last few months miniature East Villagers have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

Okay, so the East Village isn’t really secretly populated by miniature people. The gang at FIRST, the new condo project by Slokker Real Estate Group and Fram Building Group, came up with a really creative photography contest, centred around extremely tiny East Villager figures exploring their neighbourhood and showing off what it has to offer.

With 100 entries, the photos were super imaginative, shedding light on just how great a neighbourhood the East Village will be to live in. But there could only be one winner, and the grand prize went to Soha Zia for this surreal photograph of the villagers.

Soha will get to spend three days at Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites with $1,500 in spending money. A little jealous? We are too…

But what’s the story behind FIRST? We guess we got a tiny bit ahead of ourselves (pun very much intended) explaining the contest and forgot to give you the scoop on First, first.

FIRST is a development situated in the rapidly evolving East Village in Calgary. It’s still in the preconstruction phase, but you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about soon when their sales centre opens on March 24!

Homes range from one to three bedrooms, and are said to have spectacular river views.

For those of you who are disappointed you missed the contest, FIRST says this will be one of many contests coming up, so keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities to win.

For more info visit their website or email

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