MARSHALL - For this year's local photography contest, photographers had to be creative when it came to putting their subjects in a frame within the photo or capturing that perfect silhouette.
The Robert Schwan Memorial photography contest and exhibit will be on display through Sept. 9 at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's arts center in downtown Marshall.
Every year, area amateur photographers are invited to submit entries to fit two categories. This year's categories were "Frame It" and "Silhouettes." For the "Frame It' category, photographers were asked to make a framed subject within their photograph.
Taking best in show was Lorene Dibble of Marshall. The photo that won best in show for Dibble was of her 6-year-old son Landyn sitting in a combine wheel, she said. The photo also took first place in the adult division of the Frame It category.
"I took that last fall even before I knew the categories (for this year)," Dibble said.
But she was surprised when she learned that her photo took top honors; so much so that she had to call everyone she knew.
"I was really excited when I got the call," Dibble said.
Landyn tends to be featured in a lot of her photos, Dibble said.
"I like to do landscapes, animals and my son," Dibble said.
Landyn seems to be her model, Dibble said.
"Whenever I picked up the camera, he would just smile," Dibble said.
Saish Kuvelker of Marshall won first place in the adult division of the Silhouette category for his photo titled "The Lost Hope." The photo was taken in India of a woman walking on the beach, and he said it can be about a woman leaving a relationship.
"The footsteps are moving in the other direction, she's never going to come back," Kuvelker said.
Other winners are:
Adult division, Frame It: Second place - Steven Smisek, Marshall, "Wild Innocence."
Adult division, Silhouette: Second place - Muriel Runholt, Marshall, "Vicksburg Bridge at Sunset."
Youth division, Frame It: First place - Trevor Johnson, Marshall, "Droplet." Second place - Sara Wambeke, Marshall, "Let's Take a Looksie."
Youth division, Silhouette: First place - Trevor Johnson, Marshall, "Fisheye Silhouette." Second place - Sara Wambeke, Marshall, "Western Love."
Dibble said that sometimes she will look back at previous photos she's taken to see if they will fit a category for the contest.
"I love doing it every year," Dibble said. The photo she submitted for the Silhouette category was one of Landyn praying.
This was the first year Kuvelker has entered the annual photo contest. He has won awards in India for his photography. He said he likes to do portrait shots, as well as candids and action photos.
"Faces tend to intrigue me a lot," he said. "I look at it from a third person perspective."
Kuvelker said photography has been an interest of his for several years.
"It's been more of a passion, photography has driven me to travel a lot," Kuvelker said, adding that he's thinking of heading to the West Coast.
Kuvelker said photography also gives him a sense of peace.
"It's more of a stress-reliever for me," he said.
Kuvelker said he learned of the photography contest at the last minute and just randomly selected photographs to fit the categories.
"A bit of luck and the right timing," he said.
Dibble said Landyn is starting to get interested in being behind the lens and that he now has his own little camera.
"It just gets him to know the idea (of taking a photo)," Dibble said.