Photo Shoppe announces contest winners

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ROME – The Photo Shoppe revealed the winners of its annual amateur photo contest on Tuesday night.

The photos were judged by the Rev. Frank Graichen, who has been teaching and studying photography on and off for about 50 years.

“I believe that photography is an art, the lines have become blurred in the more recent years with digital photography,” Graichen said. “But you can do things with digital photography that you couldn’t do with film.”

Four honorable mention prizes were given out, and then the top three.

Debbie Taylor won third place for her photo entitled “Hidden Agenda.” The photo is of a lizard peeking through some grass. Taylor took the photo while on her 25th wedding anniversary vacation. She is a member of the Utica Camera Club and has been taking photos for about three years.

“It’s my hobby,” Taylor said. “I picked it up when I had kids so I took pictures of them. I also love taking pictures of nature.”

The second place picture was taken by Betty Franklin. It is a photo of her sister doing a sidewalk drawing during the Syracuse Art Festival. It is called “Final Touches.”

Franklin has been taking photos “off and on” since she was little. This was the first time that she had entered a photo in a contest. She resides in Rome but is a teacher in Utica.

The first place winning photo was taken by Clark Wallis, who was not present. The photo, titled “Living Death” is of a desert.

“It was extremely pleasing to the eye,” Graichen said. “It was nice to look at a hot desert when we have all this snow around us.” Continued…

“We always average around 100 participants,” Photo Shoppe co-owner Maria Ringlund said. “The competition was great, it was very diverse. We had a lot of new people.”

At the reception, Ringlund also announced that the shop would be moving to a new location in April.

Ringlund said she wants to have more shows like this when the shop moves to the new place at 8584 Turin Road. She plans to have at least one show a month in the new gallery space. There will also be a new retail space featuring local artists.

“We will still be doing portrait work and custom framing,” Ringlund said.

The last day in the shops current location at 1705 North James St. will be on March 22. Ringlund says the doors of the new shop will be open on April 1.

For more information visit: photoshoppeofrome.com.

ROME – The Photo Shoppe revealed the winners of its annual amateur photo contest on Tuesday night.

The photos were judged by the Rev. Frank Graichen, who has been teaching and studying photography on and off for about 50 years.

“I believe that photography is an art, the lines have become blurred in the more recent years with digital photography,” Graichen said. “But you can do things with digital photography that you couldn’t do with film.”

Four honorable mention prizes were given out, and then the top three.

Debbie Taylor won third place for her photo entitled “Hidden Agenda.” The photo is of a lizard peeking through some grass. Taylor took the photo while on her 25th wedding anniversary vacation. She is a member of the Utica Camera Club and has been taking photos for about three years.

“It’s my hobby,” Taylor said. “I picked it up when I had kids so I took pictures of them. I also love taking pictures of nature.”

The second place picture was taken by Betty Franklin. It is a photo of her sister doing a sidewalk drawing during the Syracuse Art Festival. It is called “Final Touches.”

Franklin has been taking photos “off and on” since she was little. This was the first time that she had entered a photo in a contest. She resides in Rome but is a teacher in Utica.

The first place winning photo was taken by Clark Wallis, who was not present. The photo, titled “Living Death” is of a desert.

“It was extremely pleasing to the eye,” Graichen said. “It was nice to look at a hot desert when we have all this snow around us.”

“We always average around 100 participants,” Photo Shoppe co-owner Maria Ringlund said. “The competition was great, it was very diverse. We had a lot of new people.”

At the reception, Ringlund also announced that the shop would be moving to a new location in April.

Ringlund said she wants to have more shows like this when the shop moves to the new place at 8584 Turin Road. She plans to have at least one show a month in the new gallery space. There will also be a new retail space featuring local artists.

“We will still be doing portrait work and custom framing,” Ringlund said.

The last day in the shops current location at 1705 North James St. will be on March 22. Ringlund says the doors of the new shop will be open on April 1.

For more information visit: photoshoppeofrome.com.

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