LIMA — Today, The Lima News announces the first winners of its 22nd annual Amateur Photo Competition.
This year, two local photographers judged the contest for the first time, Michael Ayers of The Ayers Inc. Photography and Dr. Randy Bansal.
“I think both judges were very impressed by the artistic work of area amateurs,” said Craig J. Orosz, photo editor for The Lima News.
There were 404 entries this year. The Best of Show winner was “Allium,” by Jodi Anderson, of New Bremen, from the flowers category.
“Our winning image, the Best of Show, was composed with the subject (a wildflower, in this case) right in the middle of the print,” Ayers wrote. “Normally this might be a detraction to good composition, but this was handled nicely. The old saying is true: if you know the rules, you may break them.
“Further inspection of this image shows us that a macro lens was used for “close up” photography, and the aperture of the lens was controlled to just barely give us a depth of field to keep the entire subject sharp. The rest of the image is soft, especially the background, allowing the viewer to immediately go to the subject. The color was saturated and realistic; the print quality and exposure was nearly flawless.
Every photo entered in the contest will be on display at ArtSpace/Lima and, later, Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical center.