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Contest drew more than 1,000 entries

October 12, 2003|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

More than 1,000 entries poured in - all by e-mail - for this year's Herald-Mail/FirstLook Photo Contest.

This time, the contest was digital. All entries were to be submitted as JPEG files.

Photographers were allowed to convert prints and negatives by scanning them and e-mailing them.

The judges picked "Float Away" by Jason Leach of Dickerson, Md., as the Best in Show, earning him $100 cash from The Herald-Mail and a $200 gift certificate from FirstLook Photo.

The Best in Show was chosen from among the first-place winners in four categories.

  • "Float Away" was first in the Pictorial category.

  • "Wedding Day Hug" by Judy Noland of Hagerstown was first in the Portrait category.

  • "My Pet" by Bert Muti of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., was first in the Flora/Fauna category.

  • "I Saw It Too" by Jay M. Fretz of Hagerstown was first in the Assignment category. This year's "assignment" was Anything Goes, meaning photographers could manipulate images.


Each category winner received $25.

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The second-place winners were:

  • "Spiral" by Christopher Davis of Martinsburg, W.Va., in the Pictorial category

  • "A View From Above" by Dawn Gogin of Williamsport in the Portrait category

  • "December Dew" by Wally Minnick of Falling Waters, W.Va., in the Flora/Fauna category

  • "Cat at Rushmore" by John Whitmore of Hagerstown in the Assignment category


Photographers who placed second in each category received $15.

All of the winning photographs can be seen at www.herald-mail.com/photocontest/. The winners and runners-up can be seen during business hours in a continuous slide show in the lobby of The Herald-Mail.

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