Michaela Cochran’s “Families Are Worth Smiling About” was the Best of Show winner in the fair’s photo contest. Chase County Fair-goers can view all of the entries next week at the fair. (Courtesy photo)

Winners in fair’s photo contest on display next week

    This year’s Best of Show in the annual Chase County Fair’s open photo contest came out of the “Smiles” category.
    The Best of Show entry, submitted by Michaela Cochran of Imperial, also placed first in one of the four categories in which photographers could enter this year.
    Samie Johnson, coordinator of the contest this year, announced the winners on Monday.
    She said 22 entries were received this year, which is down from previous years. However, she said they are already making plans for next year’s contest and may add a contest for professionals in the future.
    This year’s four categories of competition were Smiles, Bad Weather, Floral Creativity and Well-Beaten Path.
    Johnson said judging was handled a little differently this year. Judges considered visual appeal/composition, how it relates to the category and originality/creativity in their selection, with points from 1-10 awarded in each of three areas. Each photo could earn a high score of 30 points from each judge.
    Three judges awarded points for each photograph, so a maximum of 90 could be awarded.
    Johnson said it was close this year for their Best of Show selection among the four first place winners. Final choice went to Cochran’s family photo entry in the “Smiles” division, edging Lisa Denny’s “Storm Chaser” entry by just one point.
    The contest’s entry deadline was last Friday, and entries were judged over the weekend.
    The contest committee has already selected the categories for the 2018 contest. They will be Bliss, People on Phones, Patriotic and Rain.
    Here is the full list of this year’s winners. First, second and third places received $40, $30 and $20, with an additional $50 awarded to the Best of Show.
Bad Weather
    1st Lisa Denny, “Storm Chaser,” 82 points
    2nd Rhonda Smith, “Spring Blizzard,” 81 points
    3rd Margene Hayes, “Threatening Storm,” 74 points
    Honorable mention Steve Haskins, “The Frozen Bell,” 66 points
Floral Creativity
    1st Shirley Morse, “Raindrop Reflections,” 82 points
    2nd Bruce Curtis, “Solar Flare,” 77 points
    3rd Rhonda Smith, “Roadside Beauty,” 72 points
    Honorable mention Bruce Curtis, “Flowers In The Sky,” 63 points
    1st Michaela Cochran, “Families Are Worth Smiling About,” 83 points
    2nd Margene Hayes,“Howdy Pardner,” 80 points
    3rd Rhonda Smith, “A Lovely Lady,” 78 points
    Honorable mention Bruce Curtis, “Blue Is Your Color,” 75 points
Well-Beaten Path
    1st Rhonda Smith “Summer Highway,” 85 points
    2nd Shirley Morse, “Dance Hall Cave” 77 points
    3rd Bruce Curtis, “Respite,” 71 points
    Honorable mention Margene Hayes, “Beaten Path of Little Blue,” 69 points
    All of the photos in the contest will be displayed in the exhibit building at next week’s Chase County Fair.

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