Off The Press

September 7, 2010

By Kathleen R. Merrill

Photo contest entries provide fun for staff

Ahh, our annual photo contest. The people, the animals, the scenes.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press editor

Everyone on our staff can help judge the contest every year and it’s one of the most enjoyable things we do. We have some really amazing amateur photographers in our coverage area!

This year we had 208 entries — 64 in the animal category, 52 in the people category and 92 in the scenic category. Each first-place winner gets $100. Not bad for doing something most people enjoy — capturing a fun, silly, spiritual, beautiful, inspiring moment in time.

The contest will be held again next year, so start saving your best photos now!

Congratulations to all of the people who won. See their photos on the front of our Community section this week, Page B1.

But I’d also like to congratulate the finalists in each category, who don’t get prizes, but will be in our online slideshow along with the winners and who took some awesome pictures. It was really hard to choose the winners!

The finalists are:

People — Jared Kirkham, Steve Fu, Ajay Aggarwal, Nancy Colburn, Dana Verhoff, Gabrielle Gevers, Susan Stainsby, Richard Edelman and Matt Matches.

Animals — Tom Anderson, Jeannie Bodenstab, John Pavlish, Jennifer Orr, Kara Roberts, Parket Mayberry, Xing Du, Gabrielle Gevers and John Micheal Wachhals.

Scenic — Ashok C Kamath, Albert Perron, Darren C. Ross, Jeff Bennett, Steve Fu, Robert D. Harris and Mike Montgomery.

My personal favorite in each category was:

Animals — “Spider and the lily,” by Parket Mayberry. “I was testing out my new camera, just taking pictures of my yard and other things, to see how well it performed,” Mayberry said. “When I came to this lily flower, I was surprised to see this white spider living in the lily. Naturally, photos needed to be taken.” I agree. The detail is incredible and the spider is actually quite beautiful.

People — “State park people,” by Richard Edelman. It was taken at Tastin’ n Racin’ this year and shows a young man and woman with a huge fish. The man is holding the fish, whose mouth is wide open and the woman, whose hand is also on the fish, appears to be reacting with surprise and delight. She actually has nearly the same look on her face that the fish has, which is really funny, although I can’t think that the fish was feeling delight.

Scenic — “Lake Sammamish winter,” by Logan Stromberg. This was the first-place winner in the category and people on our staff marveled at how beautiful, serene and stunning the photo is. It gives me a feeling of nostalgia about winters, and summers, long past.

But I love all of the photos we get. I can’t say that there’s been a bad one, ever. Good thing, I guess, that I don’t have to judge this contest all by myself.

I enjoy seeing people’s pets and children in unique and sometimes fun situations. I love the memorial photos of people and pets who are now gone. I love the fun poses people choose for some photos. And even though they don’t have anything to do with our coverage area, I love the vacation photos people send in.

Speaking of great photos, we publish reader photos on a regular basis, when people send them in. Did you see last week’s front-page photo of the bear in John Winkler’s yard or Albert Perron’s recent photo of local mascot McNugget the rooster on our A&E page? Good stuff.

You can e-mail your awesome photo anytime, all year long, to me at

Kathleen R. Merrill: 392-6434, ext. 227, or Comment at

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