Congratulations to the 2016 winners!
"The Love is Good" by Annette Barnett - First Place
Annette staged this shot after a Bible study at the rescue mission. She said that she didn't see skin colors or nationalities and added that the love among the homeless women at the shelter was good and special. So many people have been inspired by the optimism and sentiment in the photo. Annette has a wonderful heart and were very proud of her for winning the contest. She will receive some prizes that she picks out to help with her new residence.
"Out of Nowhere" by Ray Kelly - Second Place
Ray had arguably the best roll of film out of the 46 that were returned to us. Three of his photos made it to the finals, but he had another three that just missed the cut. Ray's photo of the mattress in the woods was probably the most shocking of all the entries as it showed the community something that most would never see in their own. Let's pray that this scene never needs to get used again.
"Happy As Can Be" by Robert Aldridge - Third Place
What drew people to this photo was the woman's quiet confidence and strength. What drew Robert to this photo was his desire to see through this woman's eyes. He knew her from the soup kitchen, but wanted to know more about her life and the things she did.
Spartanburg: The Finalists
Judges' top selections 2016