Every year the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Society holds its Photography Contest, which is open to all amateur photographers in the area. The Missourian has been running regular articles on it, so it came as no surprise that yesterday we got an overwhelming amount of entries. There is a talented photographer in each and every one of us, and it was wonderful to see so many people willing and excited to exhibit their work.
The reception for the show was a success. Many of the contestants came to see if their work had a ribbon on. The delicious cupcakes from the Fudge Shoppe, one of our sponsors, lured more and more people in 😉
The MMFAS would like to thank all local businesses who donated door prizes for the Photography Contest:
Downtown Washington Inc.
Hillermann Nursery and Florist
The Homestead at Hickory View
Body Natural Salon and Spa
Four Seasons Florist
I.B. Nuts and Fruit Too
Dr. Zunli Mo (acupuncture)
Country Living Antiques and Collectibles
Our contestants were happy to take the amazing door prizes home!
We would also like to thank The Missourian for sponsoring the show and for providing us with this wonderful venue: The Photojournalism Hall of Fame. The lucky contest winners walked out with cash awards donated by:
Gary Lucy Gallery
Bank Of Washington
A.M. Hoerr Financial
Old Dutch Tavern
Fricke Photo Studio
Washington Chamber of Commerce
Tristan Crider got the “Best Of Show” award for his beautiful landscape photo called “Superstition Mountain”, and Bridgette Epple won an Honorable Mention for her “Stormy Capitol” photo in the adult division.
More winners! Craig Covert grabbed 3rd place with “Stiff Arm”, and Marsha Maurer won 2nd place with “Old Oppulence.”
Hellena Ballmann won 1st Place in the Junior division with her photo “Granny in the Chicken Coop”. You can see Hellena with her high school photography teacher Michelle Turner (to the right), and her grandma, the model in the photo (to the left).
Nick Kuchem grabbed 2nd place in the Junior division and an honorable mention. Amber Crane won 3rd place with “Natural Beauty”, and Alicia Jones and Lauren Cooper got Honorable Mention ribbons.
Many Washington residents came to take a look at the photographs, and to have some delicious cupcakes.
Everybody was amazed by the talent of the contestants and the variety of photographs they entered. From flowers and landscapes, to architecture, people and pets, there was a lot to be admired.
Last, but not least, we would like to thank our brilliant judges: Dan from Digital by Design and Curt from Curt Dennison Photography. They had a tough job, but I think they did wonderful recognizing the efforts of the talented amateur photographers. We hope to see everyone again next year!