MOUNDRIDGE — The work of dozens of photographers was displayed at Moundridge Arts Council on Feb. 10. The winners, announced that afternoon, were selected from more than 100 pictures submitted for the Moundridge Community Photo Contest.
Moundridge Arts Council President Lory Fisher introduced Kelsi Chisholm, Moundridge High School art teacher, who presented certificates of merit for five photographs.
Two photographs winning certificates of merit were shot by 18-year-old Pedro Domecq. Domecq came to Moundridge at the beginning of the school year from Spain as a foreign exchange student.
"I think what's really cool about Pedro is he maybe has a different perspective on Moundridge than those of us who have lived here for a very long time," Chisholm said.
Domecq said his time in Moundridge has shown him a life that is very different from his experience living in a big city.
"It's great. I've learned here a lot about farming, a lot about the culture here. It's more close to the community," Domecq said.
Moundridge High School students Myiah Logue and Katie Stucky took top honors in the 14-and-under group and the teenage group, respectively.
Logue's photo showed a relay runner silhouetted by the sun. Stucky's photo was a black and white view of Moundridge's downtown.
"It's good to see my students get recognized with all the hard work they put into and the excitement level they had for something like this," Chisholm said.
Shelby Graber won the adult group with a black and white photograph of her daughter sitting with Graber's grandfather on a porch.
"I entered the contest because I'm really good friends with Mrs. Chisholm. She's seen some of my pictures and suggested that I put pictures in," Graber said.
Graber considers herself an amateur photographer and was surprised to have her photo chosen.
"I'm partial to the picture, but I love my grandpa and my daughter," Graber said.
Stucky, Logue and Graber all received ribbons and Moundridge Chamber Bucks.
Macy Craig's photograph of Moundridge as seen from the Interstate Highway 135 overpass took Best of Show.
"It's everything about Moundridge all in one — you have the field, you have the water tower, you have the co-op, you have our business," Chisholm said.
Craig was awarded a Nikon camera for taking top prize.
Several participants said they were looking forward to entering the contest again next year.
"Now that people know about it, they can be thinking about it and taking pictures as the year goes on," Graber said.
Moundridge Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Murray McGee said some of the photographs may be used in marketing materials to promote the city.
"It's a great way to show off our community," Chisholm said.
The Moundridge Community Photo Contest entries will be displayed through Feb. 24. at the Moundridge Public Library, 220 S. Christian Ave.
A slideshow presentation of the photo entries is available at http://www.pholody.com/play/Po7fBSq0k/My%20Slideshow%20With%20Music.
The Moundridge Community Photo Contest was a joint project of the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce, Moundridge Arts Council and the City of Moundridge.