Joey Pobre took first place in the Flora category with his piece, "“Trees in the Sunset.”
The Flora runner-up was "Bamboo Jungle" by Terry Neic.
The winner of the Fauna category was Randy Walker's "Mother’s Comfort."
Janel Rollin earned runner-up for Fauna with this photo titled “Squealing Good Time.”
The Landscape category had two winners, including " Barnyard Evening” by Martin McCann.
Amy Rittenhouse tied for first place in the Landscape category with this shot called “Reflection.”
“Silos” by James Finnerty was the Landscape runner-up.
Linda Hall's "Kids Sharing" was the People winner.
Patrick Gillespie's “Peace and Quiet” took runner-up in the People category.
Kinder Farm Park Announces Winners Of The 2014 Life In The Park Photography Competition
The Friends of Kinder Farm Park and the Department of Recreation and Parks recently announced winners and runners-up in the 2014 Life in the Park photography competition. The annual contest encourages amateur photographers to submit their work taken at the park throughout the year.
In the Fauna category, “Mother’s Comfort” by Pasadena resident Randy Walker took first place. After picking up photography last year to take pictures of his daughter playing sports, Walker quickly added on team photographer duties. “After learning how to use my camera … I began to discover the creative possibilities and I became hooked,” he explained. His wife and a friend encouraged Walker to enter the Life in the Park contest, so Walker spent a few hours walking through Kinder and taking shots. “I never knew how big Kinder was until I went out hunting for photo opportunities,” he admitted.
Janel Rollin and her image “Squealing Good Time” received second place among the Fauna entrants. Her photography hobby started with her taking pictures of her son and daughter, ages 6 and 2, at family and sporting events. Rollin lives in Millersville with her husband and two children. “We like to visit the park to see the animals and play on the playgrounds … I was at the park with my daughter when the pig starting acting silly, so I started snapping pictures. I couldn’t not share it and enter it into the contest!”
Joey Pobre’s “Trees in the Sunset” won the Flora category. An emergency department nurse by profession, Pasadena resident Pobre appreciates the peacefulness of the park after stressful shifts at work. When Pobre is not working, his young son often joins him for a stop by the playground and the barns at Kinder Farm Park. Receiving the second place nod was “Bamboo Jungle” by Terry Niec, a retired Verizon technician also from Pasadena. Niec’s image reminds viewers that imaginations can run wild even in the local parks. “I try to look for interesting shots in places others might not think to look,” she described. Since teaching herself how to use her first digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera in 2010, she regularly visits both Downs and Kinder Farm parks in the off-seasons to capture landscape and wildlife images. “I have at least one camera stashed on my person wherever I go,” she acknowledged.
Linda Hall of Arnold won the People category with her image “Kids Sharing.” Hall took the winning photograph while testing out her new DSLR camera during an October outing with her daughter and toddler grandson. Hall plans to continue refining her abilities with her new camera by taking a course at Anne Arundel Community College this winter.
Second place in the People category went to “Peace and Quiet” by Patrick Gillespie, a software engineer from Hanover. He also recently started learning to use his DSLR camera. “I've been learning mostly through YouTube videos and going to parks like Quiet Waters, Kinder Farm and Patapsco.” After hearing about the contest in late October, Gillespie and his toddler son visited Kinder Farm Park to take photos, later to learn that his wife grew up in the neighborhood, regularly walking over to enjoy the park. “Now that I have a year-long pass, I plan to go many times next year,” he said.
The competitive Landscape category included a first place tie between Martin McCann’s “Barnyard Evening” and Amy Rittenhouse’s “Reflection.” McCann, his wife, Harriet, and their two daughters live in Severna Park and find themselves visiting Kinder Farm Park to take pictures and spend time together. “I always carry my camera with me in my truck, and I take a lot of pictures – of everything and anything,” he stated. Rittenhouse, a junior at Old Mill High School, often needs images to fulfill assignments in her high school photography classes. A Millersville resident, she regularly uses Kinder Farm Park as a setting for her photographs. Second place went to “Silos” by James Finnerty.
Winners in each of the four categories were awarded a $50 gift card, and second-place finishers received a 2015 park pass. Visit www.kinderfarmpark.org to view a gallery of all submitted images.