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“Old Main Street Bakery" Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Old Main Street Bakery”
Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

Images By Amateur Photographers Show Favorite County Scenes

By Mara Soloway

More than 50 amateur photographers of all skill levels focused their eyes and their camera lenses to answer the call for Fort Bend Libraries’ “Capture Fort Bend County” photography contest. Color or black-and-white entries were submitted at Fort Bend County libraries between Aug. 1-15. The works had to be the original, unpublished work of the person submitting.

At the special reception and awards ceremony on Sept. 5 at George Memorial Library in Richmond, prizes were awarded for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place entries in two categories: high school students in grades 9-12 and adults.

Winners in the high school category are:

First place: “Old Main Street Bakery” by Jakob Wittry, 9th grade, color

Second place: “Underneath The Willow Tree” by Amira Almusawi, 9th grade, black-and-white

Third place: “Spartans” by Oliver Wang, 10th grade, color

Adult winners are:

First place: “Milky Way Over Brazos Bend” by Srini Sundarrajan, color

Second place: “Sugar Factory at Sunset” by Micah Goff, color

Third place: “Green Heron Catches Breakfast” by Robbin Mallett, color

All entries were judged by three expert photographers, including a retired professional photographer. The judges used the criteria of: relationship to contest theme, composition, focus, lighting, emotional impact and creativity. Photographers were anonymous during judging.

The judges’ comments included:

“All of the works we viewed were thoughtful, creative and extremely well done. Picking the top three in each category was an amazingly difficult decision. It was fun to see all of these great images of our beloved Fort Bend.”

“We were amazed to see such great talent in Fort Bend. We were not expecting the diversity and variety of the photographs, but what we saw was a great reflection of this county.”

“The first-place photos in both categories were truly outstanding.”

“I wish we could have had some honorable-mention awards – we had to leave several really good images out.”

Megan Moore, FBCL’s adult programming and outreach services manager, coordinated the contest. “We are very pleased by the response from the community, and by the quality of photographs we have received.  It’s great to see the places and people of Fort Bend County represented in such interesting ways.  Many photographs capture the beauty of Fort Bend County’s nature and wildlife, while others focused more on people and buildings,” she said.

Individual libraries have held photography contests before; this is the first one to be held systemwide. “We’re looking forward to sharing the exhibit with the community; and we hope to make this an annual event,” Moore said.

“Underneath the Willow Tree” Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Underneath the Willow Tree”
Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Spartans” Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Spartans”
Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

 

 

“Milky Way Over the Brazos” Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Milky Way Over the Brazos”
Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Sugar Factory at Sunset" Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Sugar Factory at Sunset”
Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Green Heron Catches Breakfast” Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers

“Green Heron Catches Breakfast”
Fort Bend County Libraries and property of the photographers


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