Here are the names of the finalists in the Keck Contest:
Jeff Johnston [no relation]
Sherrie Larimore (2)
David Jacobs (2)
Melissa O'Shaughnessy (3)
Rob Spring (2)
John van Rosendael (2)
Markus Spring (2)
Ken Jensen (2)
Arne Cröll (2)
If you look in vain for your own name, take heart. The competition was fierce; there were many fine photographs and many fine prints submitted. I have had the devil of a time doing the judging. Many of the non-finalist entries were very fine.
Also, there were a number of people who submitted outstanding work that I just didn't think was exactly appropriate for a print sale, which is what we're aiming for here. Joseph E. Reid gets an Honorable Mention on this score, and so stands for a number of others as well.
I might add that it's been a great pleasure for me to see so much nice work "on the paper" so to speak.
I've already chosen the winner and first runner-up, who will be announced shortly. First I have to select a second runner-up, which I'm having trouble with (I need help; it's why there are often multiple judges for contests, to offer different perspectives and tastes and give all the judges others to push against—sometimes clarity comes from the cauldron of dispute).
Finally, I'll add that I could have gone any one of several ways with winning picks.
We'll have a sale of the three winning prints, with the grand prizewinner also being offered the free week at the luxury condo in Hawaii donated by an anonymous reader.
Two hundred and twenty-eight prints were submitted altogether. I'll offer a few random thoughts about entering contests, seen from a judge's perspective, soon.
More news soon.
(Thanks to everyone who entered)
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