The votes are in and a stellar crop of amateur photographers have emerged as winners in the 2013 Wallowa County Digital Photo Contest.
The sixth annual contest drew images from all over the world, though most were rooted in Wallowa Countys scenic beauty and lifestyle. In all, 338 entries were submitted for the contest this year, 285 by adults and 53 by students. Last year there were 312 entries.
The Wallowa Valley Photo Club supplies the judges and prize money, while co-sponsor Wallowa County Chieftain supplies publicity and online hosting for the contest entries.
A gallery of winners can be seen on the Chieftain website, wallowa.com/photocontest.
There were basically four categories of winners, both Judges Choice and Peoples Choice in adult and student divisions, with 1st place entries receiving $40, 2nd place $20 and 3rd place, $10; there were also honorable mention winners who receive only recognition. In case of ties, each winner received the same prize.
The photography that was submitted this year was a real pleasure to judge there were many, many very good photos, said David Bridges, the photo clubs contest chairman. On behalf of the photo club, thanks to all who participated, Bridges said.
While the Chieftain will not be able to publish all prize-winning photos this week, it will print some in the future under a Winners Circle heading.
The judges panel had a difficult time deciding its top photos this year for example, there was a four-way tie for first place in the adult division, including two photos by the same photographer, Adam Sims of Pendleton. Online voting drew 609 votes for Peoples Choice prizes.
Following are 2013 Photo Contest results:
Adult: 1st (tie) D-Day Re-Enactment, Andrea Schaefer, Enterprise; Yosemite Valley Reflection, Kristi Wade, Lostine; Lightning Strike and Palouse Falls, both by Adam Sims, Pendleton. 2nd (tie) On the Hunt, Mark Moncrief, Enterprise; Daddys Hands, Charity Ketscher, Joseph. 3rd (tie), Morning on Elk Lake, Don Siebel, Beaverton; and Crystal Mountain and Hoodoos, both by Eric Stahlke, Enterprise. Honorable Mention Dont Blink, Mark Moncrief; Mattie at Dawn, Sarah Anderson; November Stars over Lostine, Darci Calhoun, Lostine; Just a Moment, Ashley Graning, Wallowa; and Ghent Heron, Eric Stahlke.
Student: 1st The Mist, Amy Edison, Enterprise. 2nd (tie) Confidence is Key, Brooke Meyer of Joseph; Black and White, Bailey Wearin, Joseph; and Backyard Bear, Anna Moholt, Lostine. 3rd (tie) Land of the Lost, Andrea Butterfield, Joseph; Image 5, Jesse Woodhead, Joseph, and Better Days, Bailey Wearin. Honorable Mention Laguna, Claire Wellens, Wallowa; Mirror, Mirror, Andrea Butterfield; Misty Pup, Sarah Evarts, Enterprise; and Image 1, Jesse Woodhead.
Adult: 1st Just a Moment, Ashley Graning, Wallowa. 2nd A Girl and Her Horse, Sarah Anderson, The Dalles. 3rd Hawaiian Sunset, Casey Tuschhoff, Clarkston, Wash. Honorable Mention: Santa Baby, Alyse Shetler, Joseph; Zumwalts Midway Station Settles into Winter, Ken Mead, Albany.
Student: 1st Backyard Bear, Anna Moholt. 2nd (tie) Misty Pup, Sarah Evarts, Joseph. 3rd Heavens Gate, Caitlin Strutz, Joseph.