CANTON, OH (Sept. 11, 2012) – Professional photographer Tedd Perkins of Canton won a first place award and the coveted “Best of Show” in the 24th annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest for his shots of the Drum Corps International Competition. Perkins was also awarded one honorable mention, bringing his personal prize package to $375. The annual photo contest, sponsored by Western Reserve Group, was open to amateur and professional photographers alike, and any photos of outdoor Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events qualified for entry. The photos were judged based on creativity, clarity, depth and color, overall composition and print quality, with nine photographers taking home cash prizes. Other professional photographers winning prizes included Dennis Valentine of Louisville, with a $100 first place photo from the Timken Grand Parade, plus one $25 honorable mention award. Scott Heckel of North Canton won $100 for his Balloon Classic/Jackson Belden Food Fest & Fireworks first place photo. The non-professional category was led by Douglas Perry of Canton who received $200 for two first place winning photos, one from Concert & Fireworks and one from Drum Corps International Competition. Other $100 award winners in the non-professional category included Doug Froelich of North Canton (Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks) and Michael Markilinski of Ford City, Pa. (Timken Grand Parade). Markilinski also won a $25 honorable mention for a Timken Grand Parade photo, as did Tina Baxter of Clifton Park, N.Y. (Ribs Burnoff), Matt Moser of Massillon (Balloon Classic/Jackson Belden Food Fest & Fireworks), and Larry Clapper of Massillon (Drum Corps International Competition). The winning photos will be on display at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, located at 520 Cleveland Ave. N in downtown Canton, from Oct. 5 through 15. The photos will also be showcased on the Enshrinement Festival’s Web site at


The M.K. Morse Company won the 2012 “Creative Costume Award” in a popular competition for helium balloon sponsors in the Timken Grand Parade. Balloon handlers are encouraged to dress in costume to match the theme of their balloon. Entries were judged on creativity, energy level, entertainment value, and overall appearance. The M.K. Morse Company coordinated their outfits to match Jokey the Smurf, with some of the adventurous male handlers even dying their beards blue! The Aultman Hospital balloon handlers, escorting the shiny gold dragon along the parade route, finished a close second.