This past weekend the Sandusky Register and Snap Shots Photography cosponsored the annual Fourth of July photography contest. The contest corresponds with the Stars & Stripes festival in downtown Sandusky.
This year's entries were shown at Whirlybird Photography and hundreds of entries were judged in the categories of National Pride, Washington Park, People, Places, Nature and Sports. With Nature being the most popular category by far.
I have to put this disclaimer out there now...I DID NOT JUDGE THIS YEAR'S SHOW.
With that said, I can tell you that the winner of Best in Show was Al Freeman's photo of a bald eagle in flight as it built a nest in Erie County.
Now if you have read my previous blogs, you know that I am a big fan of photographing eagles. But this had no influence on the judges judgement.
This show had a good turnout in both the quantity of the entries, but more importantly the quality of work by local amateur photographers. Many people commented how good the photography was in this year's show.
I mentioned Nature was the most popular category, well, Washington Park and Sports weren't so popular. There could be a re-vamping of the categories for next year and I can all but guarantee that Sports will not be a category next year. With all the entries of sunsets in this year's show you may see that as a category for next year. And if you have any suggestions post them here or send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's winners will be published in Sunday's paper including the People's Choice for the best photo of the show. I have included the judges choice for Best in Show.
Enjoy and get out there and take some photos to enter in next year's contest.