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Fifth Annual Photo Walk announces winners

This year’s top photo exemplifies how being a good photographer is not just about having the most expensive equipment, but the eye for the art of photography.

It was a difficult decision for the judges but the Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk is announcing the winners of the fifth annual event sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance.

Taking the First Place ribbon was fifth-year participant photographer Malorie Padron of Sulphur Springs with her entry highlighting the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial and America flag flown over Celebration Plaza. Padron said she usually uses her Canon EOS 35mm camera but this year she used her cell phone camera.

“This year I did something different. I felt a little out-of-place but I used my Samsung Galaxy S4 camera phone,” said winner Malorie Padron. “It takes amazing photos.” Her entry also garnered the People’s Choice Award, with “likes” on Facebook. Padron receives a $50 framing gift certificate donated by Texas Art & Frame located on Church Street in Sulphur Springs.

Second Place went to Mike Watson of Sulphur Springs with his black and white image of an old door hidden in the alley off Main Street. This was also Watson’s first time to walk in Sulphur Springs and his camera of choice was Canon 7D. He wins a monopod with phone holder donated by The Appliance Hospital.

Third Place ribbon went to a repeat winner Andy Pendleton of Dike with his carefully aligned photo of the arched window shadow on a vintage clock in the courtroom of the newly renovated City Hall. Pendleton used a digital Canon EOS for his entry. Pendleton was presented a $25 gift certificate to Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub.

Receiving Honorable Mention was Jonathan Kennedy with his photo of a colorized iron door, Dr. Shelley Patterson’s photo of the water feature on the City Hall veranda and close up of the glass leaves on the office door at City Hall tinted gold by returning winner Karyn Smith. The entire collection of photos can be found on the Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk Facebook page.

This year’s co-leaders were Sulphur Springs News-Telegram Photographer Jon Lance and Cooper Review Editor Cindy Roller. Commemorating the fifth year event leaders and over 40 participants were treated to a tour of the historic 100 year old building newly renovated as Sulphur Springs City Hall by Community Development Director Shane Shepard.

“We enjoyed exploring City Hall from top to bottom and all of its history. It was fun connecting with so many photographers,” said Shane Shepard, impressed with the event’s attendance.

Participants also descended on the Fall Festival Battle of the Bands at Muddy Jake’s Backyard as paparazzi for the talented musical artists on that same evening.

“We had a terrific turnout and enjoyed an evening interacting with folks with so many similar photography interests,” agreed Lance and Roller, in appreciation of participants. “We are already looking forward to our next adventure downtown in 2015.”

For more information on the event contact the event leaders at ssphotowalks@gmail.com.