2016 In Focus Photo Contest
There are a lot of things in New Hope that make it a great community to live in…its people, its natural beauty, and its special places. The city began the New Hope In Focus photo contest in 2010 to give local photographers an opportunity to showcase their skills and share some of the things about New Hope that catch their eye and their camera’s lens.
Photographs may be entered in one of three open categories: People, Places, and Nature. The prize for the category winning photo with the highest total score is $100. The two other open category winners each receive $75. To encourage young photographers, 16 years of age and younger, there is also a special Youth category with a $50 first prize. A volunteer panel of judges will evaluate each entry and award first prize in each of those categories.
Entries will be judged on subject matter, composition, clarity, lighting, effective use of depth of field, drama/artistry, degree of difficulty, technical excellence, and overall impact.
In addition, residents will have a chance to choose their favorite photo in a special People’s Choice category. Community members can cast a vote online between Friday, August 5 and Friday, September 2, by following a link from the city’s website. Only one vote per person, please. The entries will also be part of an exhibit that will travel from City Hall, to the New Hope Community Farmers Market, New Hope Village Golf Course clubhouse, and other locations in New Hope during the voting period.
Photo contest winners will be recognized at a City Council meeting and have their photo published in the In Touch newsletter and put on display in the In Focus photo gallery at New Hope City Hall.
A complete list of contest rules is available on the In Focus entry form.
2015 In Focus
The city of New Hope introduced the New Hope In Focus photo contest in 2010 to encourage New Hope residents to take pride in their community and showcase their photography skills. Twenty-two photographers submitted 57 photographs to this year's contest.
A group of volunteer judges selected the winners in three main categories: People, Places, and Nature, and a special category for Youth ages 16 and under. The community chose the winner in the People's Choice Award category. The City Council recognized the winners at its meeting on November 23, 2015.
And the winners were:
- Dack Nehring earned first place in the People category and received the highest overall score for "Autumn Comfort," a photo of his daughter and golden retriever.
- Derek Bjoraker received first place in the Places category for "Dandelion," a beautiful fireworks photo.
- Marti Christensen finished first in the Nature category for "Gossamer Wings at Rest," a striking image of a dragonfly.
- 15-year-old Jenna Geier won the Youth category for "Look Up, Not Away," an imaginative shot of her neighbor's dog from below.
- And, Jennifer Schmidt won the People's Choice award for "Colorful Fall," a photo of a vivid fall scene.
The Council also presented four Honorable Mention certificates, for photos that the judges awarded very high scores, but that did not win a category.
Honorable Mentions were presented to:
Watch for information about the 2016 In Focus photo contest in the spring.
- Dack Nehring for "Gold-n-Yellow" and "Summer Swing"
- Jennifer Schmidt for "Fall Trail,"
- And, Lois Corbett for "Swallowtail on Zinnia."