Winners of the Spring 2005 River Cities’ Reader Photo Contest Print
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Tuesday, 05 April 2005 18:00
In designing our third photo contest, we decided to suggest – but not require – a spring theme. While it wasn’t a criterion in our judging, several of the winners did indeed follow our advice – most clearly seen in Linda Ortiz’s second-place-winning photograph in the “people” category, showing a young girl in field rich with green and accented by violet and a small dab of yellow. The picture is simply, effectively composed but still looks natural – much like a good garden.

Daniel James Hulsing invokes the rejuvenation and resurrection of spring in his digitally altered photograph Easter Sunday, which our judges affectionately dubbed Midnight in the Garden of Skittles. Elly Gerdts’ Swing shows nature working to envelop a long-forgotten swing, and A.J. Wacaser’s untitled photograph of ice on the river suggests the end of winter if not exactly spring.

As for the rest of the field, Roger Cline offers a classic Native American portrait, while Tucker Gritton turned a Chicago rooftop shot into something approaching an abstract painting. Also working in abstractions was Andy Ellison, using perspective to transform something familiar (the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre) into something different and striking.

We received nearly 60 entries in this year’s contest, and we appreciate our readers’ participation. Look for the next contest this fall, with three entirely different categories.

Our thanks to freelance photographers Brian Barkley and Scott McMeekan, and freelance arts critic Johanna Welzenbach-Hilliard for their assistance in judging this contest.

People

First Place
Preston Duncan, by Roger Cline

Second Place
Untitled, by Linda Ortiz

Third Place
Untitled, by Ken Musgrove

Places

First Place
Imaxsky, by Andy Ellison

Second Place
A Train in the Distance, by Carolyn Krueger

Third Place
Untitled, by Zach Hayes

Honorable Mention
Swing, by Elly Gerdts

Honorable Mention
Untitled, by A.J. Wacaser

Digitally Altered

First Place
If Walls Could Talk, by Tucker Gritton

Second Place
Easter Sunday, by Daniel James Hulsing

Third Place
Someday, by Rick Haney