MARSHALL - Karna Dwire of Marshall had never entered the Robert Schwan Memorial Photography competition before.
And on her first try, she won best in show.
The Robert Schwan Memorial Photography competition exhibit will be on display at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's arts center through Sept. 21.
Photo courtesy of Karna Dwire
Karna Dwire of Marshall took best in show at the Robert Schwan Memorial Photography competition with her photo titled “Honor.” The photography exhibit will be on display through Sept. 21.
For this year's contest, entrants were asked to submit photos for two themes: close-up and lines.
Dwire won best in show for her photograph "Honor." She also received first place in the close-up theme for adults. Sara Wambeke of Marshall, a freshman at Lakeview High School, took top honors in both themes for youth.
Other winners include:
Adult second place: Eric Joyce, Marshall, "Nature's Tear." Youth second place: Erin Chace, Marshall, "Busy."
Adult first place: Derek Jensen, Marshall, "Prickly Attraction." Adult second place: Jennifer Bruns, Marshall, "Lash Lines." Youth second place: Erin Chace, "The Light."
Dwire said her husband had wanted her to enter the photo contest last summer.
"I just didn't have time," Dwire said. "He's the one who encouraged me to do it." This year was her first time in the contest.
Dwire had taken a close-up shot of the gloved hands of servicemen and their swords at the 9/11 ceremony last fall in Marshall. Her son, Matt, had served in the Marines.
"I like doing close-up (photos)," she said.
Wambeke has entered photos in the contest for the last couple of years. And as a member of the Swan Lake Skippers 4-H club, Wambeke's also entered photos in the Lyon County Fair.
"I would kind of experiment," Wambeke said. "I take a lot of my animals, my horses and my dog."
This year, Wambeke submitted a photo of an action shot taken at a pole-bending event in Slayton and a close-up photo of her horse, Pixie. She already had the photo of Pixie on hand.
Dwire said she doesn't just take one shot of anything.
"It's just fun to experiment and take different shots," Dwire said.
Like Wambeke, Dwire also likes using animals as her photo subject.
"I like to go out to my parents' farm and take pictures, there's just so many (opportunities)," Dwire said.
Dwire said it was exciting to receive best of show for her first time in entering the contest.
"I couldn't believe it," she said. "I've never won anything before."
Wambeke was also pleased with her wins as well.
"I thought it was pretty cool because the last two years, I got second place," Wambeke said.