Amateur Photo Contest Winners 2005


  “Emotions” is the theme of this year’s photo contest, and our 11 winners range from delighted to down right angry. 


1st Place


“Easter Flight”


Angela Martindale

HOMETOWN: Cedar Hills

Subject: Emi Lorscheider

Angela took this shot of her niece, Emi Lorscheider, on Easter Day 2005. Being thrown in the air is one of Emi’s favorite things, according to Angela, and this photo was taken on Angela’s first — and only — try.

2nd Place


“Wonder Woman”

Photographer: Savannah Mullen

Hometown: Pleasant Grove

Subject: Harley Gonzales

Savannah’s niece, Harley, was dressed up as Wonder Woman for the American Fork Cute Baby Contest and got mad while “wonder-ing” what another child was doing on her bike.

3rd Place


“Son Playing Soccer”


Lesleigh Toews

Hometown: Provo

Subject: StephanToews

Lesleigh took this picture of her 11-year-old son, Stephan, at Grandview School in Provo. She loves how aggressive he is while playing soccer and took this photo to show his determination and enthusiasm.

4th Place


“Best Friends”

Photographer: Julie Blackhurst

Hometown: Genola

Subject: Carlie Johnson & Chester

Carlie loves horses, and this photo — taken by her mother — shows that man and beast can truly be the best of friends.

5th Place


“Tree Frog Excitement”

Photographer: Todd Stonely

Hometown: Orem

Subject: Bradon Stonely

Bradon Stonely was overjoyed at the chance to hold a tree frog  during a visit to Tampa Bay, Fla.

6th Place


“Between Grandpa and Grandson”

Photographer: Danette Otteson

Hometown: Orem

Subject: Caleb Otteson & Elwyn Cameron

Danette captured this shot of her son, Caleb, walking with his grandfather — Elwyn Cameron of Las Vegas — while the two were enjoying a moment together.

7th Place


“Amalia’s cutie pout lip!”


Erika K. Jimenez

Hometown: Cedar Hills

Subject: Amalia Jimenez

Since Amalia was six months old, she’s used her lip to express her emotions. Her mother finally got a picture of the famous face during a trip to Amalia’s grandmother’s house in Provo.

8th Place


“Come Back!”

Photographer: Shennon Mercer

Hometown: Provo

Subject: Sarah

Sarah was less than thrilled about being placed in a hole in the sand during a trip to South Padre Island, Texas.

9th Place


“Windy Wedding”


Lori Jenkins

Hometown: Mapleton


Dale & Camille Tracy

With the kind of weather that whips up a unique wedding day, Dale and Camille Tracy decided to have fun despite the wind and rain they experienced at the LDS Manti Temple. Lori caught the couple fighting a wind gust while still holding on to each other.

10th Place


“Abe’s Joy”

Photographer: Darren Rosenlund

Hometown: Pleasant Grove

Subject: Abram Rosenlund

Abe’s mom tickles him on the back porch.

11th Place


“Achieving a Goal”

Photographer: Denise Howard

Hometown: Cedar Hills

Subject: Miranda Howard

Nine-month-old Miranda showed great pride in herself after standing up in her crib for the first time.


Things to know before yelling out, ‘Say cheese!’   


Having a fancy camera does not guarantee a stunning picture. No matter how much you spent on that new digital, it will not make up for poor composition.

When taking pictures, think before you click. Follow these simple tips from valley photographers, and you’ll turn “that blurry blob in the corner is my mother” photographs into treasured memories that you can proudly frame or stick on your fridge.


Technology is on your side

You do not need to understand aperture or shutter speed to create a portrait feel.

“A lot of cameras will let you use the portrait mode, which puts the subject into focus and allows the background to become slightly blurry,” says Bob Boyd, who owns Bob Boyd Photography in Orem. “That is the difference between a snapshot and a portrait.”

Most cameras have a dial with different settings. Instead of using the automatic setting each time, experiment with various other options. The instruction booklet will clarify your alternatives.


Find the sun — and then avoid it

“Take pictures in the shade and use your flash,” says Bryant Livingston, who owns Bryant Livingston Photography in Provo.

By using shaded areas and filling in light with the flash, you will get more flattering light than if you were to place your subject in harsh sunlight. You can even use your flash in the sun to help fill in unsightly shadows. If you are wondering if your lighting is right, digital cameras will let you see your pictures as you go along, allowing for easy correction of mistakes.


Watch the background

Trees and flagpoles growing out of the subject’s head are generally not aesthetically pleasing.

“Often people are so excited about the picture they forget to notice what’s going on in the background,” says Orem photographer Kenneth Linge. “Right before you push the button, scan around the subject and make sure there are no disturbing elements.”

When your next “photo-op” comes along, pause long enough to arrange the image. Get close and consider putting your subject slightly off-center.

Make your holiday snapshots the best you have ever had, and keep watching for future photo contests in Utah Valley Magazine.


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