As the sun set over Lincolnton, anxious competition participants eagerly entered the halls of the Lincoln Cultural Center Friday, Jan. 5, awaiting the results from the judge for the Annual Amateur Photography Competition.
Beginning 5:30 p.m. with a reception and the awards ceremony presented by the Arts Council of Lincoln County at 6:30 p.m., the competition was tight this year with a record number of artists presenting their work.
In previous years, 45 to 50 pieces was normal. Not this year; A record 70 pieces were entered.
Participants could submit up to three pieces in any of four categories:
Â· People/animal life
Â· Plant life/landscapes
Â· Black and white
Â· Special effects/ab-
Prizes were awarded in each category as well as best of show.
Alicia Demeny, owner of Radiant Images Photography, served as judge for the 2007 Shoot Out. Demeny has been in photography for over 10 years and continues to study with master photographers when she can. Her specialties include portraits and black and whites.
Demeny is very passionate about photography and looked at each picture, focusing upon overall mood, content and quality. She commented there were some great pictures and how she would love to talk to each artist about his or her work.
This yearâ€™s winners are:
First: Gerald Johnson; â€œRoaring Fork Fallsâ€
Second: Crissy Campbell; â€œAt A Distanceâ€
Third: John Lafferty; â€œNetherlands American War Cemeteryâ€
First: Rick Kaufman; â€œBluebirds in the Backyardâ€
Second: John Lafferty; â€œDrewâ€
Third: Crissy Campbell; â€œMomma Catâ€
Black and white
First: Donna King; â€œBass Neckâ€
Second: Aileen Devilin; â€œDangerâ€
Third: Aileen Devilin; â€œClimberâ€
First: Randi Morrison; â€œOne in a Dozenâ€
Second: Jerry Cook; â€œIn the Webâ€
Third: Judy Broesder; â€œAngelâ€
Best of Show
Phil Dighâ€™ â€œProspectorâ€
The Amateur Photography Competition was sponsored by Radiant Images Photography and by a Grassroots grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The show runs until Feb. 2 in the Cochrane and Carolina Mills Galleries at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E Main Street, Lincolnton.
Carrie Yousef is the interim director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County.
by Special to the LTN