Montgomery resident Fred Haaser was chosen as a winner in the adult category with “Lava Meets the Pacific at Sunset.”

Twenty local amateur photographers were recognized for artistic excellence at EXPOSURE: Montgomery, the City’s 30th annual photography competition on Sunday, April 9. The competition was judged by Liz Dufour, a photo editor and photographer for the Cincinnati Enquirer; Emily Baumann, Curatorial Assistant at the Cincinnati Art Museum; and David Rosenthal, founder and Executive Director of Prairie, Inc., a Cincinnati-based arts organization which has been producing community art programs since 2009.


A total of 280 photographs were entered into the competition which included adult entries from the greater Cincinnati area and student entries representing 18 schools.


Each award recipient, listed below, received a professional critique of his/her winning photograph and a $100 award prize.


Many of the winning entries will be on exhibit April 17 through May 12 at The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center, 11140 Montgomery Road.


The public was given the opportunity to see the photos prior to the awards event at an informal reception on April 8 at the Universalist Church. Kevin Fox provided music and Walmart contributed refreshments to the event.


Two People’s Choice Awards were presented this year to one adult and one student winner. Each winner received a $25 gift card to Dodd Camera. Crystal Gurry’s “Venice” won the People’s Choice award in the adult category and Sarah Gilmore’s {Dot, dot, dot} won in the student category.


“The members of the Arts Commission always look forward to viewing the amazing photographs entered in this competition, and this year was no exception,” Arts Commission Chair Christine Genovese said. “We are pleased to have so many talented artists in our community, and are extremely pleased to give the artists additional exposure with the Sneak Preview and the winners’ exhibit at The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center.”


A special thanks to Riley and Rees for their generous sponsorship of the event.


2017 Montgomery Photo Competition- Student winners

NameTitle of ArtworkSchool
Spencer KennerPipelineLakota East
Kelley KossaryBalanceSycamore High School
Elizabeth CutterHazyLakota East
Jeremy BorchersUnitySycamore High School
Sarah GilmoreQuebecSycamore High School
Griffin MillerMonday MorningSycamore High School
Lauren WilsonIn My Own BubbleLakota East
Andrew ShehataTrapped in TimeSycamore High School
Drew HartSubwayWalnut Hills
Sam SmithApparitions 9*
*Best in Show
Student Winners


2017 Montgomery Photo Competition- Adult winners

NameTitle of Artwork
Scott CovrettWindow Seat
Joe ChunkoMorning Fog on the Ohio
Fred HaaserLava Meets the Pacific at Sunset
Paul SniderIndelible Memories
Ernie MartinBeale Street Bikers
Karen AshcraftReflexions
Van NewlandHelping Father
Bernadette Clemens-WalatkaLines and Poles
Jason CalimlimThe Path
Katie BrenkertBumpy Ride*
*Best of Show
Adult winners