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This photo by Rebecca Munderloh of Wauneta earned Best of Show in the annual fair photo contest. (Courtesy photo)

Wauneta woman earns ‘Best of Show’ in fair’s photo contest

    A Wauneta woman’s photo of a cowboy hat-wearing youngster near a herd of cattle was named “Best of Show” in the annual photo contest at the Chase County Fair.
    Rebecca Munderloh of Wauneta’s photo titled “Little Rancher, Big Dreams” topped all the entries in this year contest and also took first in the “Loving Life” category.
    All photos in addition to the place-winners and honorable mentions in four categories of competition will be displayed during the fair next week in the 4-H exhibit building.
    Contest coordinator Sammi Johnson said there were a total of 67 entries this year with the “Loving Life” category drawing the biggest number.
    Totals in each category were 14 in “Green with Envy,” 16 in “Unforgettable Faces,” 10 in “Vintage” and 27 in “Loving Life.”
    First, second and third in each category will receive $40, $30 and $20 in cash prizes, Johnson said. The Best of Show winner receives an additional $50.
    Photos were judged on a scale of one to 10 in three aspects—visual appeal and composition, degree to which photographer related photo to category and originality and creativity.  
    The 67 entries this year surpass those of previous years, Johnson said. The year 2018 drew 42 entries, 2017 saw 22 entries, in 2016 there were 47 entries and 2015 featured 34 entries.
    Best Of Show­—Rebecca Munderloh of Wauneta, “Little Rancher, Big Dreams.”
    Green With Envy—1st Rebecca Munderloh of Wauneta “John Deere Dreams,” 2nd Bobbi Scott of Thedford, “Retirement,” 3rd Brigham Scott of Thedford, “Pricked By Envy.” Honorable mention: Brigham Scott of Thedford,  “Green Machine.”
    Loving Life—1st Rebecca Munderloh of Wauneta “Little Rancher, Big Dreams,” 2nd Amy Prior of Imperial “Takin’ Flight,” 3rd—Linda Nelson of Enders, “Snack Time.” Honorable mention: Marcie Davis of Haxtun, Colorado, “The Farm Life.”
    Unforgettable Faces—1st Brigham Scott of Thedford “Girl Who LOVES To Fish,” 2nd Gayle Tropf of Champion “Eye To Eye,” 3rd Lauren Prior of Imperial, “Whatena Looking At?” Honorable mention: Rhonda Smith of Champion, “Never Will Be Forgotten!”
    Vintage—1st Place Marla Hamilton of Champion “Let’s Play Marbles,” 2nd  Marla Hamilton of Champion “Howdy,” 3rd Marla Hamilton of Champion, “My Favorite Things.” Honorable mention: Shannon Branting of Lincoln, “1940’s, 4th Generation.”
Next year’s photo
categories announced
    The four entry divisions for 2020 are already picked, Johnson said. They include Churches, Go Big Red, Love Story and On The Horizon.
    Also new  next year, participants will be able to email photos to Johnson and she will print, mat and take the entry fee online.
    Next year, there will also be a professional photographers division, she added, to be judged in a people’s choice format.
    Johnson can be contacted with questions at her email address:


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