LIMA — The Lima News’ 16th annual Amateur Photo Competition saw 140 more entries than last year, with a total of 780 photographs entered.
“It increased because I added two more categories,” said Craig Orosz, photo editor for The Lima News.
The new categories are flowers and candid children. In the past, many of these types of photographs were submitted into categories that weren’t so perfect. Instead of making them fit in a category that wasn’t quite right, Orosz decided to add those categories.
Overall, he was pleased with the result.
“The quality of the photos was extremely good for amateur status,” Orosz said. “It’s a lot of fun, and I think it really brings a community together. There’s some extremely good photographers here.”
The judges this year were photographers from the Canton Repository. Judge Scott Heckel shared some written comments:
“I was impressed with the overall quality of the winning entries. Rising to the top in this contest, it a testament to the skill level of each of these photographers who entered, and were successful. It was nice seeing the creative use of light and composition to produce their award winning work.
“It was enjoyable seeing the amount of thought went into these entries.”
“There were numerous deserving images, even though they may have not risen to the top three positions. In each of these cases I would have felt comfortable awarding honorable mentions in order to recognize their contributions to the contest. It was challenging for all of the judges, each of whom had their own favorite photos, to ensure that we collectively made the best selections.”
“The judges felt that greater care should have been given to choosing a category that best reflected the subject matter of their photograph. When entering, one always has to remember the competition, and what your image will be judged against.
Clearly, there many talented photographers in the Lima area. Congratulations to all who entered, and the select few who won. You should all be very proud of your accomplishment!”
Judge Bob Rossiter shared some comments:
“Each category had some real standouts that jumped to the top of the order.”
“One thing photographers should think about next year is what category does the image belong in. The best of show had it all. Composition and a lot of angles that kept the eyes moving around the photo but always coming back to the relaxed, candid smile. Sharpness head to toe completed the the best of show pick.”
Check out the photos in two venues. All entries and winners will be exhibited beginning Tuesday and continuing to Sept. 28 at ArtSpace/Lima in downtown Lima. After that, the show moves to St. Rita’s Medical Center’s High Street Mall Gallery and will be on display for about a year, until next year’s contest.
Photographers, visit ArtSpace/Lima Oct. 2 to pick up your photos.
Best of show won $300 for Best of Show. Other prizes are $75 for first place in each category, $50 for second place in each category and $25 for third place in each category.
The Lima News will publish the winning photos in the remaining categories through Thursday.
First place portrait and Best of Show: “Toes”
By Lyn Endicott, Lima, “Toes”
Second place Portrait:
By Bobbie Watt, Cridersville,
Third place portrait
By Linda K. Goodwin, Lima,
First place Landscape/Scenic“Red Barn”
By Tom Ramsey, Elida
Second place Landscape/Scenic
“Sunset in the Smokies”
By Debra Crail, Wapakoneta
Third place Landscape/Scenic
By Dean Foltz, Lima,