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Amateur competition on exhibit

Images of waterfalls, flowers, smiling children and old men in cowboy hats have filled the Cochrane and Carolina Mills Galleries at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
Blue ribbons sit under the most impressive photographs, signifying the winners of the Lincoln Arts Council’s 2005 Amateur Photography Competition.
Joseph Brymer, a local photographer, who has worked for area newspapers and is the 1999 winner of the North Carolina Press Association Award, chose the winners.
“They showed more a sense of emotion, not so much just staring right at the camera – the obvious smile,” said Brymer. “You could tell they had actually taken time to work with the subject.”
Subjects in the exhibit include elderly men, cats daintily walking along dogwood branches and a Lincolnton lamppost being covered by snow.
Choosing winners was difficult for Brymer who was impressed with the entries.
“I hope to see some of those folks continue with their photographic endeavors,” he said.
While the photographs were by no means copies of each other, a number focused on sunrises and sunsets, flowers, children and waterfalls.
“That’s typically what most people starting out choose to shoot because it’s just a subject they’re familiar with,” he said. “That’s something you see a lot in competitions, and being that we have some state parks around here that have some waterfalls, that’s just a natural subject to shoot. There’s even some of that in my exhibit of work.”
Winners received the news at a ceremony held on Sunday. All photographs entered in the competition are currently being shown at the Cultural Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26.
Those who venture into the galleries will see oak trees with the sun setting behind them and scenes on the beach with children playing in the tide and seagulls in flight.
The exhibit includes a shot from above, which asks the question “Do You See the Snake?” and a picture of a red rose creeping through a rusty fence titled “Undaunted.”
Pam Peacock’s “Eye See You” has a lone eye looking out of foliage. “Rainbow Flower” is a view under a flower looking up at the sun.
There are also more abstract pictures such as Tamara Devereux’s “White Lines,” which plays with moving light.
For those who entered their work in the contest, photographs should be picked up Jan. 27 and 28.
For more information call 704-732-9044.

Contest Winners

The winners of the 2005 Amateur Photography Competition have been announced. Photographs were judged based on mood, impact, composition and quality by local professional photographer, Joseph Brymer. All entries will be on display until Jan. 26.

Best of Show
Elaine Aaron “Relentless at Cape Romain”

Abstract/Special Effects/ Miscellaneous
1st – Rank Ferrell “The Capital City”
2nd – Pam Peacock “Eye See You”
3rd – Tamara Devereux “White Lines”

Animal Life/People
1st – Tamara Devereux “Santa’s Elves”
2nd — Gerald Johnson “Leon”
3rd – Season Taylor “Blue Dreams”
Honorable Mention – “Nana’s Little Buddy”

Landscape/Plant Life
1st – Barbara Quickel “Night Concedes”
2nd – Season Taylor “Rainbow Flower”
3rd – Richie Callaway “Old Murray’s Mill”
Honorable Mention – Robin Johnson “Black Jack Oak”

Black and White
1st – Elaine Aaron “Relentless at Cape Romain”
2nd – Tamara Devereux “Look at Me (not him)!”
3rd – Ron McCann “Gloria”
Honorable Mention – Robin Johnson “Silent Night”

by Sarah Grano

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