URI winter photo contest winners

1st place winner Theresa Wewerka

1st place winner Theresa Wewerka

The second photo contest sponsored by the Upper Rogue Independent has now ended and the entries had our judges scratching their heads. The subject of this second contest was “winter” and most of the entries made us shiver.

First of all, let me thank the sponsors of the contest. Cascade Real Estate donated two full year subscriptions to the URI, one for each of the winning entries. The Butte Creek Mill and owner Bob Russell donated merchandise prizes, and cash prizes were from the Independent. John Vait of Eagle Point donated one of his prints to the winner in the Adult division.

Judges for this go-round were Charla Tauranian of Charla’s Family Barber Shop in Eagle Point and Shady Cove, Sara Espinosa, branch manager of South Valley Bank in White City, and John Vait, local photographer and owner of a studio in Ashland.

Unfortunately we had just one entry in the student category, so the lone entry was also the winner. The winner, Curtis Baldridge, entered a photo of a snow-covered landscape with a stream running through a pasture area and snow covered trees in the background. Curtis’ photo, along with photos from all entrants can be viewed on the URI website at www.urindependent.com.

In the adult division, judges chose an entry from Theresa Wewerka, with her photo of a cluster of frosted red berries, backed by equally frosted green leaves as the first place winner. Second place went to Shawna Devore, who on a snowshoeing trip to Lake of the Woods, snapped two stunning photos of Mt. McLoughlin. Judges chose her entry of the mountain framed between several icicles and behind the frozen lake. Third place went to Pam Edwards with a photo of a Maple leaf frozen in ice.

The top winners will receive a one-year subscription to the Independent, courtesy of Cascade Real Estate and Stan Deupree. Winners will also receive merchandise from the Butte Creek Mill, courtesy of owner Bob Russell. In addition, the two top winners will receive a $25 gift card from The Independent and the 2nd and third place winners in the adult division will receive gift cards worth $15 and $10.

Some of the photos may be used in the calendars produced by the Independent which will be the 2014 calendar. The local calendars have monthly scenes from around the area while the calendar portion lists local events throughout the area, making it a wonderful addition to the home office or as a gift for friends or family.


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