A photo finish
The third Franklin County Citizen Leader photo contest drew more than 250 entries.
From that, three winners were picked – Cretia Ariail for first place, Patsy Adams for second place and Gary Minyard for third place.
The winners and the stories behind the winning photos can be found on Page 8B.
Photographers – amateur and professional – were invited to enter as many photos as they wanted in the contest.
Winners were picked through a two-stage judging process.
Photos were renamed with numbers so that no names were on the photos for judging.
The staff of the Franklin County Citizen Leader looked through the entries and voted for any photo they thought was a “good photo.”
Twenty-two photos were named finalists in the contest.
The finalist photos were then sent to The Hartwell Sun, The Elberton Star and The Toccoa Record.
Six judges at those papers were asked to rank the finalists from best (1) to least best (22).
Each ranking for each photo was then calculated.
The photo with the least composite score was declared the winner, followed by the next lowest score and so on.
Ariail’s first-place equine-meets-feline photo was a near unanimous choice, picking up four first-place, one third-place and one fifth-place votes.
Ariail will receive a $100 prize and a year’s subscription to the newspaper.
Adams will receive $50 and a year’s subscription.
Minyard will receive $25 and a year’s subscription.
In addition to that competition, a new People’s Choice contest was conducted on the Franklin County Citizen Leader’s Facebook page.
Publisher Shane Scoggins picked 10 photos that were not among the three winners and asked the paper’s Facebook followers to choose the photo they liked best.
The photo of a bee in a flower taken by Glenda Smith had the most votes when votes were tallied at noon on Tuesday.
A selection of the finalists and other entries in the contest are published in this special pull-out section (Pages 5B-12B).
More photos will be published in the Franklin County Citizen Leader in future issues.
Photos submitted to the contest will also be used in future magazine publications produced or contributed to by the Franklin County Citizen Leader.
“We congratulate the winners and thank everyone for entering this year’s contest,” Scoggins said. “I’m always amazed at the quality of work and quantity of entries we receive. It shows that our community is photogenic and filled with talented people.”