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YMCA photo contest worth a thousand words

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Snapshots of Louisiana were on display during the second annual photo contest held at the Pike County YMCA sponsored by Louisiana Community Betterment (LCB).
“We want to try to highlight Louisiana and the surrounding areas,” LCB member Diana Huckstep said.
The contest had 26 entries this year, up from the 17 in the first year, according to Huckstep.
“There was a lot of river shots last year. There’s more diversity this year,” she said.
Tim Jackson won Best In Show for his aerial shot of the Coop Mariner that he shot in September.
“I’m just happy I can contribute to the community,” he said.
Jackson donated the $100 prize back to Louisiana Community Betterment.
Two other individuals won awards for honorable mention: Dan Borders and Kathleen Hinson.
Borders’ photo was of a barn surrounded by lush plants.
“I’m shooting barns because they’re disappearing,” he said.
“They’re an interesting thing to look at.”
A viewer favorite was a close up photo of a horse named Joe by Jane Hilbrich.
Judges for the contest were Cindy Logan, Viki Cadwallader and Amanda DePriest.
All three were judges last year.
“The competition was steep,” Cadwallader said.
“It was hard to choose. There was good quality of art.”
The judges focused on originality, technical merit, artistic merit, relevance and composition when making their decisions.
“If the event gets bigger we could break it down into divisions either by amateur, professional or age,” Huckstep said.
The Plein Open Air event provided the spark for the idea of the photo contest.
“We wondered if there was a way to get photographers to come to town to do the same thing,” Walter Logan said.
“We started (this event) last year to promote Louisiana. What’s here is interesting.”

Tim Jackson displays his photograph of the Coop Mariner that took home Best In Show at the YMCA Photo Contest sponsored by Louisiana Community Betterment on Saturday, Feb. 18.