Judges announce photo contest winners

Twenty local amateur photographers were recognized for artistic excellence at EXPOSURE: Montgomery, the City’s 32 annual photography competition, on Sunday, April 14. The competition was judged by Liz Dufour, a photo editor and photographer for the Cincinnati Enquirer; Emily Bauman, curatorial assistant of photography for the Cincinnati Art Museum; and Emily Hanako Momohara, associate professor, Cincinnati Art Academy.

A total of 268 photographs were entered into the competition which included adult entries from the Greater Cincinnati area and student entries representing 12 schools.

Many of the winning entries will be on exhibit April 20 through May 17 at The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center, 11140 Montgomery Road.


Congratulations to the Student Winners!

StudentSchoolTitle of Photo
Grace CarleSummit Country DayKristalynn
Victoria WeslohKings High SchoolPages
Grant KilgardSycamore High SchoolFrom Beyond
Alex AlbrechtSycamore High SchoolSilent Picture with a Hint of Soapy Bleach
Carissa BeierleRoger Bacon High SchoolSmile
Griffin MillerSycamore High SchoolUntitled
Miller LyleCincinnati Country DayCabin in the Woods
Anna PerryRoger Bacon High SchoolAnd We Rise
Jeremy BorchersSycamore High SchoolUntitled
Best of Show Student Winner
Annabelle MerzRoger Bacon High SchoolTrapped

Congratulations to the Adult Winners!

AdultTitle of Photo
Craig RouseThis Land is My Land
Marti KrepsNazareth
Emily HeartleinRuby
Peter SkottegardSunrise at Agra
Shannon O’ConnorEquine Eye
Jason CalimlimThe Occulus
Ron WilsonFog in Cades Cove
Glen KindnessLeaving Cades Cove
Eric HatchJared Thompson, Addicted to Heroin, Convict, and Human Being
Best of Show Adult Winner
Mark BenderGet Us to Church on Time

Two People’s Choice Awards were presented this year to one adult and one student winner. Each winner will receive a $25 gift card.

  • Craig Rouse, “This Land is My Land”, won the People’s Choice award in the adult category.
  • Jada Fox, “Cookin’ Up Crazy”, won in the student category. She is a student in the Mason City Schools 

The public was given the opportunity to see the photos prior to the awards event at an informal reception on Saturday, April 13, at the Universalist Church. Z Place for Wine and Cheese sponsored the reception and the Best of Show Category.

Thank you to all the photographers who entered the contest! We enjoyed seeing your works of art! We hope to see you next year.

The Montgomery Photo Contest is presented by the Montgomery Arts Commission.

“Trapped” by Annabelle Merz, 2019 Student Best of Show Winner.

“Get Us to Church on Time” by Mark Bender, 2019 Adult Best of Show Winner. Mark Bender is a Montgomery resident. 

“Sunrise at Agra” , by Peter Skottegard, 2019 Adult Photo Contest Winner 

“Pages”, by Victoria Wesloh of Kings High School, 2019 Student Photo Contest Winner.

“Ruby”, by Emily Hertlein, 2019 Adult Photo Contest Winner 

(From left) The EXPOSURE: Montgomery Photo Competition judges included Liz Dufour, a photo editor and photographer for the Cincinnati Enquirer; Emily Hanako Momohara, associate professor, Cincinnati Art Academy; and Emily Bauman, curatorial assistant of photography for the Cincinnati Art Museum. Mayor Chris Dobrozsi also hosted the awards presentation on April 14.  (Photo by Fred Haaser)