Brian's Photo Blog — Article 455
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Teen Daughter Scoops Photo Prizes At Fair
Saturday 1 August 2015   —   Category: Other Photographers
For quite a while now, my daughter Olivia has entered photographs, artwork and crafts into the various competitions at the Linn County Fair in Albany, Oregon. Over the years she has won quite a few awards.

Two years ago I let her take my then-​new Olympus TG-2 in the Willamette River! She entered one of the underwater pictures (shown right) into the “Wa­ter­scape” category of the Youth Pho­tog­ra­phy Contest at the fair and won third place.

I don’t remember if Olivia entered any photos last year — and she is in Switz­er­land right now, so I can’t ask her — but I did write an article about one of her craft entries which won a “Champion” award. See This Beavers Fan Is a Real Doll! for more details and accompanying photos.

As I had explained my April article Home Windows, now that Olivia has turned thirteen, she is really starting to get a passion for photography. In­ter­est­ing­ly, she is right around the age I got bitten by the photography bug. There must be something about junior high school ... or perhaps photography is in the genes after all!

That month I had bought myself a new pocket camera — the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 and given Olivia my previous one — the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR. She has been snapping away at a furious rate ever since!

This year Olivia ended up entering photos in five of the eighteen photo-contest categories. And because she is now thirteen, she had to move up to the Teen level, which I would assume would have more and harder competition. In fact she had some really stiff competition from an older teen who had an article written about her in the local newspaper.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at Olivia’s five photos and find out how well she did.
A crane fly on the window of our house. This is similar to a shot I took of the same insect. For further details about the story behind our two photos, see the related article Home Windows. This photo won 1st place in the “Close-Up / Macro” category.
Although it is not my favorite shot of hers, the various reflections are in­ter­est­ing, and the cool color of much of the background contrasts nicely with the warm color of the basketball. This photo won 1st place in the “Still Life” category.
A great blue heron along the Willamette River near its confluence with the Calapooia River in Albany, Oregon.

Olivia thought that this picture was a reject, because the background and the heron’s wings are blurry. But I pointed out that its head was nicely in focus, and that the blurred wings and background give a wonderful sense of motion. This photo won 1st place in the “Action” category.
A shot of Olivia’s friend Grace lying down in the Calapooia River near its confluence with the Willamette River in Albany, Oregon. For more underwater pictures which Olivia took in the same location two years ago, see the album TG-2 Water Test 2013.

Olivia didn’t care for this photo very much, but I insisted that she enter it in the fair, for I was sure it would win a prize. There is something ethereal and even macabre about it. This photo won 1st place in the “People” category.
Looking down the 660-foot VA Skybridge — which connects the OHSU Hospital with the VA Medical Center. It is the longest suspended pedestrian skybridge in North America. On the Oregon Health & Science University campus on Marquam Hill, in Portland, Oregon.

I took a number of photos at the same location, but I think her picture turned out much better! For further details about the story behind our photos, see the related article A Portland Summer Solstice. This photo won 2nd place in the “Architecture” category.
Olivia’s fair entries were by no means limited to photography. A crocheted lion won first place, while two pieces of artwork won second and third.

During the past year Olivia has created a good 150 or so zentangle drawings. She is self-taught and self-motivated — my wife and I simply supply the paper and pens.

Olivia mounted ten of her drawings on a display board to enter in the fair. That entry not only won a first place award, but also a “Best of Show” award.

This hummingbird was one of the drawings. Of course, it was orig­i­nal­ly black ink on white paper, but I inverted the colors for presentation here. As you can see, it is very intricate.

With her five photography awards, Olivia seems to be following in the footsteps of her ancestors. Her great-grandfather was winning awards way back in the 1930s. Earlier in the current decade, I, her father, was winning awards as well.

All told, Olivia won $40 worth of prizes at the fair! Although I gave up entering photo competitions after getting burned out a few of years ago, nevertheless, I can still take pride and pleasure in her successes — after all, I am her dad! Congratulations Olivia!
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