Pleasanton Lincoln Library’s First Teen Photo Contest has ended, the judges have reviewed the entries and selected the winners. Thanks to all the students who took the time to put their creativity to work and send in their efforts. We were pleased to discover our local talent!
Entrants were asked to photographically represent how they and their friends use the library. They were allowed to send as many as three entries, though only one entry could win in each category. Prizes were offered and winning images will be enlarged and on display at the new library, open soon at 752 Main St. In addition, the students and their parents were invited to attend a special preview event at the library, where they will receive recognition and prizes.
Winning entries were chosen by the grade level of each student. There was a winner and runner-up chosen in each grade.
The 11th grade winner was Caleb Melugin for his entry of a young girl “captured” reading in a field. One of the judges commented, “The use of the zoom lens in Caleb’s ‘reading in the field’ photo creates the weedy composition. The subject appears to be caught reading a book out in a field with no one around. I like the wind blowing the subject’s hair and the natural composition.”
The 10th grade winner was Morgan Schmidt’s entry of a young reader shot from above. This unique perspective caught the judges’ eyes. Runner-up in this grade category was Brianna Laver’s close-up image of an open book, also a unique perspective.
There were also two winners in the 8th grade category. Chelsea Cox entered a photographic composition of a book with a message that “everyone has a story to tell.” Merisa Kennedy’s portrait of her younger sister reading in the library was chosen as runner-up. 7th grader Breeanna Honeycutt’s image of a schoolmate reading won in her category.
The out-of-state judges were sent the entries electronically. These professional photographers specialize in a variety of subjects – from landscapes to portraits to artistic renditions of nature. Joe Gawinski from Wilmington, Delaware studied graphic design at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. His work focuses on capturing the picturesque landscapes in his New England town. Steve Myers of Springfield, Missouri, studied photography at Missouri State University and creates unusual images of people using his creative vision. Earl Cockerham of Winchester, Virginia utilizes techniques that artistically enhance the natural subjects he shoots with his camera. We thank all of these knowledgeable judges for their time and effort.
We also extend a big thank you to our sponsors: the City of Pleasanton, Labette Bank and Linn County News. Thank you for funding the prizes for our young winners!