Brenda Thayer of Champion earned  Grand Champion and the $100 award for her photo, above, titled “Champion Mill” in the hospital/clinic’s “Images of Nebraska” photo contest. (Courtesy photo)

Brenda Thayer repeats as eighth annual ‘Images of Nebraska’ photo contest winner

    The eighth annual “Images of Nebraska” photo contest sponsored by the Chase County Hospital Foundation was deemed a successful event, according to Steve Lewis, director of the Foundation.  
    For a second year in a row, the Overall Grand Champion selection went to Brenda Thayer for her photograph titled “Champion Mill.” The Overall Reserve Grand Champion went to Rose Sullivan for her entry, “Enders Eve.”
    “We received 77 photos from 20 photographers. We were pleased not only with the level of participation but the quality of photos submitted. I want to thank all individuals who submitted photos and helped make this eighth year a success,” Lewis said.
    The “Images of Nebraska” photo contest was developed for the purpose of promoting Nebraska and southwest Nebraska in general, he said, along with providing an activity to involve the hospital with the community.
    There were four divisions in this year’s contest—Nebraska photos, Chase County photos, vintage photos and a youth division for participants 12 years of age and under.  
    The subject matter for each division was to come from one of the following categories: agriculture, wildlife, landmarks, architecture, landscapes or scenery.  All photos must have been taken in Nebraska.
    Winners in each of the division were as follows:
Nebraska division
    1st tie Bruce Curtis of Imperial and Heather Schoenholz of Imperial, 2nd Jodi Spady of Enders, 3rd Brenda Thayer of Champion.  Honorable Mention: Kara Horton of Imperial and Brenda Thayer.
Chase County division
    1st Brenda Thayer, 2nd Rose Sullivan of Imperial, 3rd Scott Wheeler of Imperial. Honorable Mention: Brenda Thayer and Kara Horton.
Vintage division
    1st, 2nd and 3rd—Neva Molzer of Imperial, as well as Honorable Mention.
Youth division
    1st and 2nd Miranda Spady of Enders,  3rd Clayson Thayer of Champion. Honorable Mention: Annika McDaniel of Imperial and Clayson Thayer.
    Director’s Choice: Neva Molzer.
    Each divisional winner not chosen as Grand or Reserve Champion received $50.  Grand Champion received $100 and Reserve Champion received $75. Second place in each division received $20 in Chamber Bucks and third place received $10 in Chamber Bucks.
    The top three photographs along with the honorable mention choices will be on display in the Chase County Hospital/ Clinic and Wauneta Clinic throughout the coming year.          “We hope to have the framed pictures displayed in the hospital by Labor Day for the public to view,” Lewis noted.  
    For the next few weeks, the public can view the top photos by going to the website: and then click on the Foundation tab.    

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