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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Announcing the Winners!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Children's Contest this year and supported Operation Backpack. Today we announce the winners!

People's Choice

The People's Choice Award goes to the image that earns the most "votes" or donations to Operation Backpack. The winner this year is Vienna.
Vienna is only two years old and she can already dribble better than I can. Of course, that isn't saying much since I am about as coordinated as a chicken trying to hang glide. It may be a little early to make predictions about a WNBA future for Vienna, but she is already chasing her big sister around the court and sleeps with her basketball!

Best Expression

Cooper is the boy of a thousand faces. He just turned one and really put on a show for us during the session. I love the vintage pedal car that has been in the family for two generations now. I see lots of car shows in Cooper's future.

Best Storytelling

This image deserves a good title but I am going to need some help coming up with one.

What is the story? Here is something to get the creative juices flowing:
"Once upon a time there was a little girl named Maecy. She had a wonderful imagination and loved pretending. One day she was out walking and came upon an ancient wooden fence. It was very tall and the flowers and ferns grew about it in a haphazard fashion. It seemed to stretch on forever giving no clues about what was on the other side.  Maecy began to wonder, was there a magic land on the other side? A lovely white pony waiting for a little girl to befriend?  Perhaps there was a fairy princess imprisoned by her evil step mother. There was only one way to know for sure. There was a knot hole in the fence ...."

Honorable Mention
These are the images that scored well and deserved recognition:
Honorable Mention- Storytelling
Honorable Mention- Storytelling
Honorable Mention- Best Expression
Who did the judging for Best Expression and Best Storytelling? We gathered a panel of award winning Oregon photographers to look over the images and make choices. All judges potentially have their biases but I appreciate the critical eye that my professional colleagues bring to the table. Thank you to everyone!