The first annual Photo Contest and Exhibition closed on October 19 with the display of photos taken by the contestants. The Mediterranean Room of the Botanical Center was filled with close to 100 photos from over 40 contestants. The beautiful setting of the Botanical Center was enhanced by the work of the photographers, many of whom had spent the summer months enjoying the indoor and outdoor gardens of the Botanical Center, working to get just the right shot.
There were three divisions in the contest: General Public, Photo Club members, and Juniors. Over twenty prizes were awarded including, to name a few, Best photo of an insect, Best photo of a tropical plant, Best photo showing use of lighting, and Best black and white photo. First, second, and third place winners were selected in each of the divisions and the top prize of a $500 gift certificate to Hunt’s Photo and Video was awarded to Best in Show.
Hunt’s Photo and Video and the Photographic Society of Rhode Island sponsored the event and they will return as sponsors for the 2015 Photo Contest. Expect to read about a launch date in the spring of 2015.