In Focus Photo Contest Winners Announced

In Focus Photo Contest Winners Announced
Posted on 12/14/2021

The twelfth annual New Hope In Focus Photo Contest concluded Monday night as the 2021 winning photos were presented at the New Hope City Council meeting. Twenty photographers entered the contest. The photographers either live, work, or go to school in New Hope, and the photos were all taken somewhere in the city.

A panel of judges from the community with extensive knowledge of photography and visual communication evaluated each photograph. Each judge awarded a score based on the following criteria: subject matter, composition, clarity, lighting, depth of field, drama/artistry, difficulty, technical excellence and overall impact. Judges selected winners in three main categories – People & Families, City Landmarks and Wildlife & Nature.

People & Families
Dack Nehring earned first place in the People & Families category for "Weed Killer," a self-portrait.

"Weed Killer" by Dack Nehring

City Landmarks
Julian Monks received first place in the City Landmarks category with a landscape photo of the Northwood Park bridge titled "Reflection."

"Reflection" by Julian Monks


Wildlife & Nature
Jerry Vincent finished first in the Wildlife & Nature category and had the highest overall score for "Goldfinch Portrait," an aptly named portrait of a perched finch.

"Goldfinch Portrait" by Jerry Vincent

Youth Photographer
In the special Youth Photographer category, Aaliyah James took home the honor for photographers ages 18 and under, with her cheerleader portrait titled "The Hawks Nest."

"The Hawks Nest" by Aaliyah James

Peoples Choice
Throughout November, community members voted for their favorite photo in the People's Choice category, online and in-person. This year's favorite was "Ghost Runner" by Branden Wiater, a black and white image of a runner in the fog.

"Ghost Runner" by Branden Wiater

Winners received award plaques and the winning photos are on digital display at New Hope City Hall. Photos will also be shared in an upcoming city publication. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest!