This past October through January, Localworks held the Capture Wheat Ridge photo contest. We asked residents to submit photos that exemplified what captures them about Wheat Ridge and its history. There were 78 eligible photo submissions and three photo categories – community, history and agriculture. After the entry period, the judges deliberated and chose the winners. The judges of the contest were professional photographers Blu Hartkopp, Patricia Barry Levy and Wheat Ridge Mayor Joyce Jay.
The judges chose a Best in Contest winner, a top winner in each category, and 11 honorable mentions. The Photo Contest Sponsor, Metro Frame Works, framed all of the winning photos and matted all of the honorable mentions. Andrea Haydon won the Best in Contest. One of the judges described her reaction to the winning photograph:
[I] love how this beautiful photograph captures a carefree moment of summer. The composition is great and the light is wonderful. And Clear Creek is such a special spot in Wheat Ridge. There weren’t any others quite like it.
Stephanie Shearer was the agriculture category winner. Sonya Maldonado was the community category winner. Viviana Rueda was the history category winner. The photographers of the 11 honorable mentions were Amanda Mehra Breitenbach, Andrea Haydon, Becky Olstad, Jamie Efaw, Jodi Nemeth (photographer of 3 honorable mentions), Mick Brungardt, Paul Iwancio (photographer of 2 honorable mentions) and Scott Wesley.
Localworks unveiled the winning photographs at the Capture Wheat Ridge Celebration on April 1. At the celebration, the Best in Contest winner was awarded $500 and each of the category winners received $100. The winning photographs will be displayed at City Hall for the month of April. Next, the winners and all of the honorable mentions will move to the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. The Recreation Center will display them for all of May and June.
Congratulations to the contest winners and thank you to all of the community members that submitted their photos for consideration. Please continue to #CaptureWheatRidge.