2012 Photo Contest Winners

11/01/2012

All of us have Kodak moments in our lives that escape us. It may be burned into our minds, but nevertheless memories fade and we find ourselves longing for that camera we wished we had at that moment. But then there are ordinary moments, moments that seem to have little significance until someone catches it. In this year’s photo contest, we were blown away by the drama, the colors, the contrast, the emotion caught in ordinary life. With that, we are excited to announce this year’s photo contest winners!

With dozens of digital entries, the caliber of photos from amateurs was, well, amazing. With judges Michel Miller, Shane Cohn, Christy Cisneros, Michael Sullivan and David Comden, it wasn’t hard to recognize the striking beauty and curious simplicity of these images. Submissions for professional photos were lacking in comparison to amateur, so professional photos received honorable mentions until that arena grows in the future.

Much thanks to our sponsor, Samy’s Camera, Santa Barbara! Grand prize winner will receive a $200 gift card, redeemable at Samy’s Camera; placeholders will receive a photo book with their photos, a $29.95 value. Please contact editor@vcreporter.com for more details.

Please enjoy VCReporter’s 2012 Photo Contest!

Sheila Piala
Grand Prize Winner
Amateur Color
Ventura Harbor:
Sheila Piala
“Photo taken at Ventura West Marina on a dock with an iPhone 4S.”

Barry Tronstad
Second Place Winner
Amateur Color
Full Metal Jacket:
Barry Tronstad

Wendell Ward
Third Place Winner
Amateur Color
Plowed:
Wendell Ward
“Shot from the Amtrak Coast Starlight somewhere near Salinas, 35 mm 1.8 shot wide open to reduce the motion blur.”

Heber Pelayo
Honorable Mention
Amateur Color
Naturally urban:
Heber Pelayo

Joeseph Kennedy
Honorable Mention
Amateur Color
Halloween Fans Ventura:
Joseph Kennelty
“My wife put some Halloween fans out in front of our house, and the wind began to pick up on a recent cold night. I went outside to see if there was decent enough lighting to shoot a nice long exposure. It is always fun seeing the result on the camera's display after shooting a long exposure, it shows you the magic that you really can't see with the naked eye.”

Ray Laser
First Place Winner
Amateur B&W
VC Fair 2012:
Ray Laser
“Taken at 2012 Ventura County Fair.”

Israel Rios
Second Place Winner
Amateur B&W
Ventura Pier:
Israel Rios
“Ventura pier at sunset black and white. Long exposure sunset shadows at the pier.”

Wendell Ward
Third Place Winner
Amateur B&W
Welcome:
Wendell Ward
“Found the scene dark enough to remind me of American Horror Story.

Israel Rios
Honorable Mention
Amateur B&W
Sailboat silhouettes:
Israel Rios
“Sailboat silhouettes black and white. While taking a walk at Marina Park, overlooking the horizon.”

Joseph Kennelty
Honorable Mention
Amateur B&W
Joseph Kennelty
3 Amigos Camarillo:
“I was on my way home from work, I took the long way, hoping to see something photo worthy. In the distance, I saw three horseback riders heading off a trail about 200 yards from the road. I pulled over, quickly got out my camera and tripod, used my telephotos lens and had about 30 seconds to get the shot before they disappeared over the mountain.”

Stephen Schafer
Honorable Mention
Professional Color
Stephen Schafer
“Top of the Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building — first skyscraper in downtown San Francisco. Bay Bridge in background.”

Ira Meyer
Honorable Mention
Professional Color
Ira Meyer
Swimming Polar Bear, Hall Bredning, Greenland

Mark Whitaker
Honorable Mention
Professional Color
Mark Whitaker
Spooky Celeste:
“My friend Celeste, is a huge horror movie fan and this is our tribute to Silent Hill & Resident Evil.”

William Edwards
Honorable Mention
Professional B&W
William Edwards
Ballerina:
“The first is a black and white of a ballerina in the old Truebloods Thrift Store downtown Ventura. “

Chris Jensen
Honorable Mention
Professional B&W
Chris Jensen
Coco Beignet Bardot

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