2020 Photo Contest Winners

THANK YOU to Trish Pittman for coordinating the competition. There were 102 entries!

AmBRNet has produced a calendar of our photo contest. See Trish Pittman at the show to buy one.

About our judge: Carl Sweets is an artist and educator working primarily in Photography, Video, and Alternative Digital Media. Carl earned his BS (Applied Mathematics) from Kent State University, BFA (Photo and Digital Media) from Columbia College Chicago, and MFA (Photo, Video, New Media) from Pratt Institute. Carl worked in the technology sector for dot-com, engineering, and fortune 500 consulting before devoting his life to the arts and education. Previous to joining the PC faculty, Carl taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, South Suburban College, Marwen, Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, and Hyde Park Art Center. Most recently, Carl performed as the Education Director at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR and integrated arts into the Portland Public School curriculum through the Right Brain Initiative.

Carl is an internationally exhibiting artist and recipient of several artist grants. Carl’s artistic research has explored the personal through family photos and rites of passage. He has examined America’s dilemmas with Power through the literal (oil, coal, nuclear, hydro, solar) and perceived (social, spiritual, economic, political). Carl’s current research targets the megalomaniacal by examining their embellishment of truth and exaggeration of fact. Carl is currently the Associate Professor, Digital Media / Photography / Video Director, Arts and Humanities / Arts and Letters at Prescott College.

We had four categories of photos:

  • Working in and out of the ring (NO win photos, please)
  • Beagles playing
  • Cute beagles
  • Lazy beagles

Prizes!

  • Grand Prize receives a prize package
  • 1st prize receives 30% of the entry fees for that category and a framed version of their photo
  • 2nd prize receives 20% of the entry fees for that category
  • 3rd prize receives 10% of the entry fees for that category

And the winners are…

Working In And Out Of The Ring

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Goldman

Mary Cummings

Elise Smith

Beagles Playing

Sarah Sweetman

Rebecca Dodson

Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Goldman

Cute Beagles

Rebecca Dodson

Sarah Sweetman

Lisa Goyne

Sarah Sweetman

Lazy Beagles

Jennifer Bell

Sarah Sweetman

Jennifer Light

Rebecca Dodson

Best in Show!

Jennifer Bell

From the judge:

While all of the images deserve recognition, this image stands out among all others. The image is executed with technical and conceptual precision. Blue foreground rush leads us to the beagle’s curious face and manicured paws while classic triangular composition captures the viewer’s eye – and holds it. If you follow the leash from the dog’s head, parallel the woman-in-black’s arm, we arrive at a beautiful gesture of the hand. While there, we see the woman-in-black’s face looking camera right, away from our subject, yet encouraging us to explore some of the background elements including squares of light, the linear yet dynamic shapes in the ceiling/wall supports, and observers sitting in chairs. Returning to the leash-in-hand gesture – we can choose to follow the arm of the subject’s owner to the texture and color of polka-dotted clothing that counteracts an otherwise sterile environment. The edge of the blue table and the paths on the floor points our eyes back to the subject – and on our way back, we notice the dog of the woman-in-black looking to her opposite. An additional story begins to emerge within this image – the visual relationship between the women-in-black and her dog. The leash from the secondary dog completes another triangular composition – and finds a faint parallel line in the floor. Not every viewer will experience the same visual path that I described, but that is the beauty of this image – it contains so many complementary compositional elements of line, shape, form, pattern, texture, and color – that every individual visual journey begins, and culminates, in the eyes of a curious beagle.