The 2012 Photography Competition at the Logan County Fair took place on Monday. There were 3 different divisions that photographs could be entered into. The divisions were Color (8x10/8x12), Youth Division (8x10/8x12), and Black and White (8x10/8x12).
Best of Show winner of the Color Division was Caitie Fields. Reserve Best of Show went to Leslie A. Swonguer. The Youth Division section Best of Show winner was Grace Barger. Brody Parsell took home Reserve Best of Show. Parsell's award winning photograph is pictured right.
The Black and White Division Best of Show went to Tammy Cooper while Gail Elliott took home Reserve Best of Show. Tammy Cooper's photograph that was awarded Best of Show in the Black and White Division is pictured left.
Each division included different categories that the photographs could be entered into. The categories of the Color Division included:
"Fun on the Farm" - An entry for this category must have been taken at Marmon Valley Farm between July 2011 and July 2012. This category was sponsored by Marmon Valley Farm. Winners in this category were Amanda Henson in 1st, Becky Nicholl in 2nd, and Kristen Brunner in 3rd.
"Flower" - Entries must be a photograph of a single flower. Winners were Gail Elliott in 1st, Leslie A. Swonguer in 2nd, and Roxanna Shoffstall in 3rd.
"Saving Mother Earth" - This was a theme category sponsored by Walmart. The entry was meant to be a photo that told a story about protecting the planet. In 1st was Roxanna Shoffstall, 2nd was Leslie A. Swonguer, and 3rd was Kathleen Devault.
"Aging Gracefully" - Photographs in this category were of senior citizens. Winners were Gail Elliott in 1st, Tammy Cooper in 2nd, and Kristi Buck in 3rd.
"This is Indian Lake" - Photographs in this category were required to be vertical and represent what life at Indian Lake is all about. This category was sponsored by V-Teck Communications/WPKO/WBLL. In 1st was Jayne Young, 2nd was Joyce Faler, and 3rd was Scott Young. Jayne Young's winning photograph will appear on the front cover of the Indian Lake Guide.
"Standing in Line" - Entries had to be a photo of 3 or more people standing in line. Winners were Becky Nicholl with 1st, Joan Skidmore with 2nd, and Charlotte Roby in 3rd.
"Motorcycle(s)" - Entries that had to do with motorcycles. John Nicholl took home 1st, Gerald Tussing took home 2nd, and Tammy Cooper took home 3rd.
"A Rainy Day" - Entries had to be photos that showed the rain. In 1st was Amanda Henson, 2nd was Barbara J. Lee, and 3rd was Leslie A. Swonguer.
"Novice (The Color Red)" - This category was only open to people who had never won a Blue Ribbon in the Photography division of the Logan County Fair. The category was sponsored by Wilcox Trucking. The color red had to be predominate in the photo. Winners were Joyce Faler in 1st, Emily Brill in 2nd, and Wayne Steinberger in 3rd. Pictured right is Faler's award winning photograph.
"Neon Lights" - Entries had to do with neon lights. Tammy Cooper placed 1st, Jessica Peters placed 2nd, and Amy Armentrout placed 3rd.
"Logan County Wildlife" - Entries had to be photos of animals or birds (this did not include insects) that naturally occur in Logan County. However, the photo did not have to be taken in Logan County. Pheasants Forever, whose mission is to promote hunting, fishing, trapping, and wildlife habitat is sponsored this category. Winners were Leslie A. Swonguer with 1st, Bonnie Pattison with 2nd, and Kathy Dougherty with 3rd.
"America the Beautiful" - Entries were to be scenic photographs taken in one of the 50 United States. Kathy Dougherty took home 1st, Tammy Cooper took home 2nd, and Sandra Morris took home 3rd.
"2011 Logan County Fair" - Entries had to be photos taken at the 2011 Logan County Fair. In 1st was Leslie A. Swonguer, In 2nd was Bonnie Pattison, and in 3rd was Sandra Morris.
"An Award Winning Moment" - This was a theme category sponsored by All-Around Awards. Winners were Lynn Myers with 1st, Gail Elliott with 2nd, and Nancy Steinberger with 3rd.
"Note Worthy" - Entries had to be photographs of a musical instrument. Photos could have been taken with film or digitally, but had to be altered by using a creative filter or by using creative software in a computer. Caitie Fields took home 1st, Leslie A. Swonguer took home 2nd, and Amanda Henson took home 3rd. Fields award winning photograph in the "Note Worthy" category is pictured left.
The categories of the Youth Division included:
Photographs taken by someone aged 8 or younger. Winners were Brody Parsell with 1st, Allison Kinney with 2nd, and Brant Parsell with 3rd.
Photographs taken by someone aged 9, 10, or 11. Maison Johnson won 1st, Raelyn Parsell won 2nd, and McKenzie Haley won 3rd.
Photographs taken by someone aged 12, 13, or 14. Grace Barger took home 1st, Clayton Slemmons took home 2nd, and Joy Brandt took home 3rd.
All the photographs in the categories of the Youth Division were open subject matter categories.
The categories of the Black and White Division included:
"Winter Reflections" - Entries were photographs of a winter subject and/or the reflection of a winter subject. Winners were Joyce Faler with 1st, Leslie A. Swonguer with 2nd, and Rita Strayer with 3rd.
"At The Game" - Entries had to be photographs of activity at a game, but the main subject in the photo could not be the athletes. Gail Elliott won 1st, Becky Nicholl won 2nd, and Bonnie Pattison won 3rd.
"Patterns" - Entries had to be photographs that included patterns. Tammy Cooper took home 1st, Kathleen Devault took home 2nd, and Leslie A. Swonguer took home 3rd.
"Tools of the Trade" - Entries had to be a sepia toned print. Winners were Gail Elliott in 1st, Krisssti Buck in 2nd, and Roxanna in 3rd.
"Your Home Town" - These photos had to show life in the photographers neighborhood. Gary Kauffman placed 1st, Bonnie Pattison placed 2nd, and Mary Jo Vetorino placed 3rd. Vetorino is pictured left with her award winning photograph. The photo is of 3 girls jumping on a trampoline together.
"People in Hats" - Photographs had to include people in hats. 1st was Amy Boy, 2nd was Gail Elliott, and 3rd was Ray Griffin Family.
"The 'Eyes' Have It" - Entries were to be photographs that had something to do with eyes. Becky Nicholl took home 1st, Amanda Henson took home 2nd, and Gail Elliott took home 3rd.