CANTON, OH (Sept. 19, 2011) – Snapshots from the Timken Grand Parade by non-professional photographer Andy Smith of Canton won a first place award and the coveted “Best of Show” in the 23rd annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Photo Contest, sponsored by the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography. He also was awarded one honorable mention, bringing his personal prize package to $375.
The annual photo contest 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. Nine photographers won a total cash purse of $1,650.
Bob Rossiter of Canton took first place honors in the professional category and $100 each for his photos taken at the Concert and Fireworks, Balloon Classic Invitational/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks, and Ribs Burnoff, plus one $25 honorable mention award.
Professional William Green of Louisville won $100 each for his photos of the 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races and Drum Corps International. The final professional entry winning of $100 was Dennis Valentine of Louisville for his Timken Grand Parade photo.
The non-professional category was led by Douglas Perry of Canton who received $325 for three first-place winning photos from the Concert and Fireworks, 2-Mile and 5-Mile Races, and Ribs Burnoff, as well as one honorable mention award. Other $100 award winners in the non-professional category included Bobby Grizzard of Massillon (Drum Corps International), Christy Moyer of Simpsonville, SC (Balloon Classic Invitational/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks), and Christina Wine of Massillon (Community Parade). Completing the non-professional category was Taylor Nervo of Louisville with one honorable mention award.
The winning photos will be on display at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography at 520 Cleveland Ave. N in downtown Canton from Oct. 12 through 22, and on the Enshrinement Festival’s Web site at www.profootballhofef.com/photo-contest.
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