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'Serious amateur' takes top honors in annual photo contest

By Sonny Long
April 13, 2012 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated April 12, 2012 at 11:13 p.m.

Marsha Gibson, of Cuero, won Best of Show in the 2012 DeWitt County Shutterbugs photo contest. It was Gibson's second win in four years in the contest that attracted more than 400 entries.

2012 DeWitt County Shutterbugs Photo Contest Winners

Category/Name/Town/Photo Name

Animal or Fauna/Tom Savage/Saginaw/"Bear and Salmon with Eggs"Architecture/Kevin Esparza/San Antonio/"Boston Architecture #2"Flowers or Plants/Jim Feig/Victoria/"Orchid Orchids"Landscape or Scenic/Frank Klein/Yorktown/"Earth, Tree, Sky"Miscellaneous/Mary Wood/Cuero/"Beautiful Ship's Mall"Portraits or People/Marsha Gibson/Cuero/"Hunter"Special Effects/Feig/Victoria/"Pond Lilly"Youth/J. Burns Cowley/Meyersville/"Finding Nemo"

Best of Show: Gibson, "Hunter"

Texas Wildflower: Gibson, "Sunflower II"

Marsha Gibson got into photography only about five years ago, but has already won three area photo contests.

The winner of the Best of Show in the 2012 DeWitt County Shutterbugs Camera Club contest, Gibson also took top honors in the same competition in 2008 after winning the Victoria Camera Club contest in 2007.

Gibson, of Cuero, said she began to take photography seriously at the urging of fellow Shutterbug members Mary and Bob Wood and her husband Kyle Gibson.

"I consider myself a serious amateur photographer," said Gibson, a former high school math teacher in Corpus Christi. "I especially enjoy landscape and flower photography."

Her wildflower photo also took top honors in the Texas Wildflower category and she placed second and third in a separate Flowers category in this year's Shutterbugs competition.

The winning photo, "Hunter," was taken of a neighbor's son, about 6 months old at the time, with a 24-70 mm Sigma lens at f2.8 with defused flash, explained Gibson.

The contest attracted about 450 entries and more than 260 of them are on display at the Cuero Municipal Library, 207 E. Main St., through April 26.

Judges were local artist and web designer Kathy Leske, Victoria photographer Rick Comstock and Cuero Record editor Glenn Rea.

Wildflower photos from Shutterbugs members are also on display at the DeWitt County Historical Museum, 312 E. Broadway St. through April.

This year's contest and exhibition is dedicated to Gayle Sanders, a founding member of the DeWitt County Shutterbugs who died Feb. 15, according to a news release from the club.

Besides the Shutterbugs, Sanders was a member of the Victoria Camera Club and belonged to the DeWitt County Wildflower Association and the DeWitt County Historical Museum.

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