2023 Alabama Living Photo Contest

Alabama Living Magazine


First Place – Mike Benton, Baldwin EMC

Judge’s comment: There is something so serene about this image. I love the composition, the leading lines and the framing. Super nice light with the sunset and a great use of exposure here.

Honorable Mention – Celeste Collier, North Alabama EC

Judge’s comment: Beautiful colors here. I love the composition – the lines in the photo bring your eye to people.

Honorable Mention – Cheree Caudle, Livingston, Ala.

Judge’s comment: The details and the colors here are gorgeous. Kudos on the exposure and the edits.

Honorable Mention – Troy Beshears Anniston, Ala.

Judge’s comment: Wow, what a beautiful scene. Nice work on the exposure that really captured it.

Animals and Insects

First Place – Sandra Kiplinger, Arab EC

Judge’s comment: This was a super difficult category. Not only were there a lot of pictures, but there were a lot of really good ones. The timing of this photo is magnificent. I love how up-close and personal we are with the dolphin.

Honorable Mention – David Adams, Pioneer EC

Judge’s comment: There are quite a few interesting photos of birds, but this one stands out to me because of the composition and repetition of the branch through the frame. Also, the isolation of the bird is notable.

Honorable Mention – Meredith Crigler, Baldwin EMC

Judge’s comment: This photo is so captivating. The shallow depth of field between the foreground and background make this look like it was shot for a movie.

At Play

First Place – Troy Beshears, Anniston, Ala.

Judge’s comment: I love the composition of this photo! The colors and the reflection on the water bring your eye right back up to the fishing boat in silhouette. It’s such a peaceful capture with the fog in the distance and the still water in the foreground.

Honorable Mention – Ashley Bass, Eclectic, Ala.

Judge’s comment: Super creative photo: I can’t help but want to know more about it. That young lady seems very proud of her harvest and what an interesting way to show it off.

Honorable Mention – Michael Swindle, Baldwin EMC

Judge’s comment: This is such a sweet moment. The light from the sunset coupled with the ocean waves make the scene memorable. 

Alabama Travels

First Place – Troy Beshears, Anniston, Ala.

Judge’s comment: Fireworks can be tricky to shoot with the long exposures required to capture them correctly, but the photographer really nailed this one.

Honorable Mention – Cayce Willis, Trinity, Ala.

Judge’s comment: Love the composition of this! Great decision by the photographer on the crop of the shadows; they make it so much more interesting.

Honorable Mention – Anjana Henry, Joe Wheeler EMC

Judge’s comment: I can tell a lot of work went into this. Nice use of a long exposure to capture those stars.


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