LIMA — Today, The Lima News announces the first winners of its 24th annual Amateur Photo Competition.
The competition was organized in a different way this year because of the coronavirus pandemic; submissions were entirely online.
The Lima News received 306 entries this year over 10 categories: abstract, action/sports, animals, candid, candid kids, flowers, humor, landscape/scenic, portrait and still life. Today, the Candid and Landscape/Scenic categories appear.
Craig J. Orosz, photo editor for The Lima News, said the change has not impacted the quality of photos entered.
“It’s hard to believe the photo contest is in its 24th year,” he said. “And this year we moved it into the digital age. There are good things and bad things about this change. The good things are it’s faster, easier and cheaper. And the bad thing is I don’t have prints to hold. …
“The photos this year were awesome The first place winners in all categories were solid, and the best of show is a photo I wish I took. But the photographers in this region amaze me each year with quality images, and I know you will feel the same way when you view them at ArtSpace/Lima this month and the gallery at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center this year.”
This year’s competition was judged by Kristin Lee, director of arts and magnet programs at Lima schools, and Sally Windle, executive director of ArtSpace/Lima.
Their remarks follow:
“Going into the judging was similar to online art exhibits where all pieces are judged on a computer screen. It was a unique situation having to choose digital photos from a laptop vs. being able to hold the photos in your hand to look at them ‘up close and personal.’ The thought that something may be missed was quickly dashed when we started the process, though.
“As soon as we studied the photos, content became the focus. Each category gave us unique interpretations of the title with moments to pause and contemplate. There were some very intriguing photographs in the running this year, and the quality was quite good, which made the process of narrowing down the top three in each category more difficult. Despite that, it was wonderful that so many people were able to participate in a community arts event. This photography exhibit still seems to bring out the best in amateur photographers.”