Created on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 Written by Brooks Canavesi
A pair of first-time winners took home top billing in Monday’s open class photography show at the Logan County Fair.
Bonnie Pattison, of Bellefontaine, won best of show honors in black and white photo competition Monday in the open class contest at the Logan County Fair. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)
Kristi Buck of West Liberty poses Monday with her best of show color photograph at the Logan County Fair. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Master photographer Cheryl Walter determines best of show in the open class photography contest Monday at the Logan County Fair.
Kristi Buck, of West Liberty, was awarded best of show for top overall color photograph, and Bonnie Pattison, of Bellefontaine, won best of show for her black and white photo.
“I won reserve best of show last year and I’m totally excited to finally win,” Mrs. Pattison said of her photograph of a basketball hoop casting a shadow over a basketball lying nearby. “I’m sure glad I chose that one.”
Mrs. Buck photographed a frog peaking its head above water “in a friend’s pond at a graduation party last month.”
“I got started mostly by taking pictures of my kids,” she said, “but (photography) is something I love to do. I just enjoy playing and I always have a good time with it.
“I’m so excited that my photograph was chosen as best of show.”
“Time of day can sometimes mean everything,” said Cheryl Walter, master photographer for Stone Garden Studio in St. Marys, who judged Monday’s event. “The picture of the frog was taken at the perfect time of day, adding some directional lighting to the photo, which gives it a more three-dimensional look.
“That photo really popped,” she continued, “the background wasn’t too busy and your eyes just rest on this beautifully-colored frog sticking its head above water.”
Modest premiums were awarded to each best of show photograph. First-place brought home $2.25 and second place was worth $1.75, but Monday’s top picture takers say they don’t snap photos for the money.
“It’s like Christmas time,” Mrs. Pattison said. “I wait every year to have my photo judged and for it to be chosen best in show makes me feel great.”
For Ms. Walter, it was her fourth year judging photos at the Logan County Fair. She noted both the growing number of entries, as well as improvements from all the submissions.
“People must take to heart some of my suggestions, because the overall quality of the photographs submitted seems to get better each time I come,” she said. “Between that and the increase in number of entries makes judging every category more difficult each time I’m here.”
Show organizers report some 180 total photographs were submitted in 23 different classes in this year’s contest.
Maison Johnson, of Bellefontaine, was awarded best of show in the youth division for her photo of a butterfly. Kelsie Nicholl, of Bellefontaine, was awarded reserve best of show in the youth division.
John Nicholl’s color photo of purple flowers was awarded reserve best of show. Jim Woodward’s black and white photo of a fence also won reserve best of show.