Winners of the River Cities’ Reader’s Spring Photo Contest Print
Art - Photography
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Thursday, 30 May 2013 05:56

We had 69 entries in our spring photography contest, with the categories “brazen,” “future,” and “illumination.” As you might guess, that last one got the majority of the entries, and there were admittedly some struggles in making connections between the prompts and the pictures in the other two.

That’s part of the fun of these contests, however. On these pages you’ll find some of our favorites, with whatever commentary the photographer provided.

Thanks to all who entered!

Illumination, First Place: Skylar Davis. “I decided to submit this piece to the illumination category because it shows both actual light and a representation of being illuminated by God. The subject was praying before a dress rehearsal of a play she was nervous about participating in.”

Brazen, Third Place: Jess Ellis. “Na Pali Coast, Kauai.”

Future, Honorable Mention: Matthew Terry.

Illumination, Honorable Mention: Jess Ellis.

Future, Third Place: Aric Keil. “This image was taken in a dockside café in Massachusetts, the lobster’s future having already been decided for it. To me it seemed inevitable. It was surely not a matter of if but when.”

Illumination, Honorable Mention: Bruce James Bales. “It is easy to see the balance of light and dark around us. This photograph shows the contrast between the two and exhibits how they play off each other. It was made using 35-millimeter Fuji film and natural light.”

Brazen, First Place: Brandon Anderson. “Taken on Sylvan Island, Moline, while riding the bike trails.”

Brazen, Honorable Mention: Bruce James Bales. “Justin ‘Jepherson’ Augustus is both bold and barefaced. He hides nothing. This portrait was made in Des Moines, Iowa, using a cheap softbox and some PBR.”

Illumination, Honorable Mention: Jon Burns.

Future, First Place: Margaret Sherwin.

Illumination, Second Place: Megan Crandall Cooper. “Chicago fountain, shot at night on normal speed.”

Future, Second Place: Deb Rowley. “When my son was eight years old, I photographed him at Duck Creek Park headed for the ball diamonds. Last summer when he turned 18, I photographed him again at the same spot and combined the two images. Back to the future!”

Illumination, Honorable Mention: Megan Crandall Cooper. “Light painting with sparklers, shot at night with a very slow shutter speed.”

Illumination, Third Place: Margaret Sherwin.

Brazen, Second Place: Aric Keil. “Although I was seated only a few feet from the door, this tiny brave mouse made multiple attempts at the cheese laid out for it. Very little patience was required to capture it on camera.”

Illumination, Honorable Mention: Lisa Leisek. “Photo of glass art.”