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Lake Land College’s annual Foundation Photography Show awards prizes, recognizing local photographers

This year at the 34th Annual Lake Land College Foundation Photography Show, two entries took Best of Show. For the amateur/professional entries, Melinda Swinford of Ashmore, won the title for “The Fast Lane of Lightning” and for the student entries, Brooke French of Mattoon won the title for “The Apocalypse.” 

The Lake Land College Foundation Photography Show, sponsored by General Electric Mattoon Lamp Plant, featured 165 entries with 21 professional entries, 127 amateur entries and 17 student entries. The photographs are on display in the Virgil H. Judge Learning Resource Center now through March 31. 

Awards were presented during a recent ceremony in five categories for professionals, amateurs and students with traditional and digital photographs. This year’s judges were Nathaniel and Lisa West of West Photography in Mattoon. 

“Photos that are technically proficient but also tell a complete story are the ones that most stand out to me,” said Nathaniel West. “The best photos are those that when you look at them, you know exactly what’s going on with no description or explanation needed.”

Winners for each category are as follows:

Category One: any subject with the work done totally by the photographer, film or digital 

Professional: Sally Van Natta, Decatur, “Punt Line, Joe-Batts-Arm”

Amateur: Melinda Swinford, Ashmore, “Sepia Composition”

Category Two: any subject, film or digital, utilizing black and white photography

Professional: Thomas Dagley, Marshall, “Forsythe’s Trees”

Amateur: Martha Compton, Jewett, “The Centenarian” 

Category Three: any photograph following a theme of “The Wonder of Weather,” taken by the photographer 

Professional: Phillip Glosser, Charleston, “5 Below”

Best of Show: Melinda Swinford, Ashmore, “The Fast Lane of Lightning”

Category Four: digital manipulation photography

Professional: Dixie Lee Howard, Toledo, “Moon Dreamer”

Category Five: student entries open to grades 7-12 

Best of Show: Brooke French, Mattoon, “The Apocalypse”

Emily Buhnerkempe, Effingham, “Up, Up and Away” 

“The Foundation looks forward to providing these cultural events for our students and communities each year,” said Dave Cox, director of foundation and alumni. “The talent and passion that our local photographers bring to this show each year is truly impressive. We appreciate all the entries and look forward to continuing to provide a venue to display their work.”

The Lake Land College Foundation was established exclusively for educational, scientific and charitable purposes. The foundation assists the college in developing and enhancing the educational opportunities and service to its students, alumni and citizens of the district. The thrust of the foundation is to provide student scholarships through funds contributed by individuals, agencies and corporations.


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