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Photography Winners – Hunter Clark, Kohle Van der Kerkoff, and Chip Bumgardner | Debby Golden/Kern Valley Sun
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Photography Winners – Hunter Clark, Kohle Van der Kerkoff, and Chip Bumgardner | Debby Golden/Kern Valley Sun
The participants in the Kern River Valley Library Summer Reading program celebrated a great summer of reading on July 29 with a faux campfire and crafts. The library also announced the winners of the photography contest and presented the winners with their prizes.
Art Sidner, one of the photography contest’s judges, read out the winners’ names and what prizes they had won. The top three overall winners of the photography contest were Paul Armes for his “Waterfalls Mountain” photo, Chip Bumgardner for his “Lightning Storm“ photo and Rachel Andrews for her “Sunflower & Sky” photo. Armes received a $200 gift card, Bumgardner won a $100 gift certificate and Andrews was awarded a $60 gift card.
Ashlie Fish won $25 in the age 17 and under category for her photo “Cat Eyes.” The first runner-up was Kohle Van der Kerkoff, who won a $20 gift card for his “Goat Bucket Hat“ photo. The second runner-up was Grace Kimball for her photo of a “Sea Otter Eating a Starfish.”
Chip Bumgardner also won in the category of humans over age 18 Interacting with the outdoors for his photo of “Hay – Man with Dog.” Colleen Nelson was first runner-up for her photo of “Boy Pulling a Toy.” In the category of over 18 – Kern River Valley Landmarks, Patrick Moore won for his photo of the “Kern River and Mountains.“ Amy Fluet was the first runner-up with her photo of “The Saloon.”
Hunter Clark won a $25 gift card in the over 18 – Photo Manipulation category for his “Sunflower Bee” photo. The first runner-up was Ashley Kimball for her photo of “Cemetery Gravestone.”
Armes, Bumgardner, Andrews and Fish will have their photographs hung in the Kern River Valley Art Gallery in Wofford Heights on Aug. 3 for the “Adventure” gallery exhibit. They will be on display for the whole month of August.
The library plans to hold another photography contest next year. You can see the photographs that won in the library or at this link: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/9NF8pfA2IL.
Librarians said the reading program was a big success this summer and they hope to see more people reading in the future.
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