Photo contest winners: Images of Illinois
Prairie Art Alliance contest yields impressive regional talent
Digital cameras that are affordable and easy-to-use, including those cameras and image-sharing apps in our smartphones, have sparked a photo craze. Who could have predicted that so many Americans would have a camera in hand today
Prairie Art Alliance might have. Often ahead of others in town with innovative programs highlighting what's popular in contemporary culture, PAA offers the chance for Illinoisans to share their enthusiasm for this creative outlet. Folks were invited to submit their photographs shot in Illinois during the last two years to the Images of Illinois photography contest, sponsored by Illinois Times. The annual competition, now in its sophomore year, grew and once again yielded impressive talent from throughout the Prairie State.
Nearly 600 submissions from 127 photographers poured in, an increase from last year that left PAA Gallery II manager and contest director Jennifer Snopko extremely busy processing entries. A professional category was added this year, alongside returning amateur and children's (12 and under) categories.
From these three groups of photographers, a panel of three professional photographers judged the lot. Within the professional and amateur groups, judges awarded a first, second and third-place winner in three categories people, places and things.
Each participant who placed, besides having their work published here in the paper and at illinoistimes.com, will receive a PAA gift certificate and have their work on display in the gallery for a month. Best in Show will also receive a 24-inch by 36-inch wrapped canvas print of the winning photograph from Frye-Williamson Press, Inc.
The Best in Show honor was awarded to Little Wabash (above) by professional photographer Tytia Habing of Effingham. Our cover image took first place in the Professional People category. Richard Falzone of Glenarm shot "The Winner" in Springfield at the Prairie Capital Convention Center of a mixed martial arts fight champion.
Other Images of Illinois winners in the professional category include: People Richard Falzone, second; Tyler Lee Casson, third. Places Gil Lebois, first; Tytia Habing, second; Bryan Campbell, third. Things Adam Smith, first; Steven Hinrichs, second, Tyler Lee Casson, third.
Amateur category winners are: People Mark Flotow, first; Eric Johnson, second; Brianna Skeels, third. Places William Richards, first; Liz Drake, second; Brian D. MacKenzie, third. Things Kevin Willis, first; Clarissa Colletti, second; Tom Ala, third.
Children category winners: People Ellie Krehbiel, first; Ty Dyson, honorable mention. Places Ellie Krehbiel, first; Amanda Wayman, honorable mention. Things Ty Dyson, first; Chase Juster, honorable mention.
The public is invited to see these amazing photographs at the contest reception and exhibit opening, Thursday, April 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., at PAA Gallery II, 2 Old State Capitol Plaza. All received submissions will be projected digitally onto the wall of the gallery that's nearly 600 images. The winning 25 entries will be hanging as the newest PAA exhibit. Live music by The Old Fashioneds (Lorin Devine and Ryan Bishop), hors d'oeuvres and drinks add to the evening's festivities.
PAA is a nonprofit visual arts organization committed to supporting emerging and established artists of all ages. Besides offering classes, they operate two galleries with exhibits every six weeks the H.D. Smith Gallery in the Hoolgand Center for the Arts and Gallery II at 2 South Old State Capitol Plaza. Galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Images of Illinois will be on display through May 9. For more information about this year's contest or if you'd like to know where to enter your work in next year's contest, visit praireart.org.
Contact Anita Stienstra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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