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Alabama Living 2019 photo contest

Capturing Alabama’s people and places.

Seeing our state through the eyes – and camera lenses – of others offers a glimpse into the worlds of those around us. From picturesque landscapes to funny animals to Alabama landmarks, there’s no shortage of photo opportunities for anyone with a camera, a curious eye and a little patience.

Alabama Living wanted to see some of these great photos taken by our readers, so again this year, we sponsored a photo contest. We accepted photos through our website from May 1-31 in four categories: This is Alabama, Capture the Seasons, Cute Critters and Fun and Laughter. We had 228 submissions that met the eligibility requirements.

Our judge was Phil Scarsbrook, a professional photographer with more than 40 years of experience who has judged our two previous photo contests. Scarsbrook did not know the identities of the photographers as he judged the entries.

We had submissions from every part of the state, and we’re proud to present the judge’s choices for you to enjoy. And start thinking about what you’ll enter next year!

— Allison Law

Capture the Seasons

First place: Anjana Henry, Joe Wheeler EMC
“I took this at Green Mountain in Huntsville in fall 2015. The reflection off the fall foliage in the water was so beautiful.”
Judge’s comment: With soft tonality and hues, reminiscent of a Renaissance painting. Excellent capture.

 

Honorable mention:
Grace Knetter, Cullman EC
“This sweet girl has a huge heart, joyous personality and helps spread happiness all around her! She is a senior this year, getting ready to take on the world.”

Cute Critters

First place: Jennifer Newby, Baldwin EMC
“While in Orange Beach with friends for Labor Day in 2014, we took a dolphin cruise. They used two boats to create a wake that had the dolphins jumping and playing. We were amazed.”
Judge’s comment: Fun photo! Beautifully rendered. Leaving space for the dolphin to jump into makes the composition of this image spot-on.

Honorable mention:
Audrey Barnett, Baldwin EMC
“I’ve raised chickens my whole life. I took this picture after it had rained and my chickens were on my picnic table, preening themselves to try and dry off. When I went to snap a picture, they sorta gave me a dirty look.”

Fun and Laughter

Honorable mention:
Marla Monk, Coosa Valley EC
“Children usually like the wrapping paper the best at Christmas. Here are my grandchildren opening presents at my house in Birmingham, Christmas 2018.”
First place: Jenna Adaway, Wiregrass EC
“Taken in Hartford, Ala., on May 1, 2019. It’s special because she was getting ready to spit water on her brother. Hahaha!”
Judge’s comment: Fun image! Full of energy and emotion. Reminds me of days past of drinking water straight from the faucet.

This is Alabama

First place: Debra Jones, Baldwin EMC
“This photo was taken east of Gulf State Park last September. I have started a new tradition every September to go to the pier to take sunrise photos. Each day is a new beginning, especially when it involves fishing.”
Judge’s comment: Simply beautiful! Excellent, colorful silhouette. From the sinking sun to the lone bird in the foreground, there are plenty of visual elements to treat the eye.
Honorable mention:
Sandy Kiplinger, Arab EC
“Sipsey Wilderness, 2018. The Sipsey has many beautiful secrets.”