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Coleto Creek park names photo contest winners

By Sonny Long
July 1, 2013 at 2:01 a.m.
Updated July 2, 2013 at 2:02 a.m.

This photograph by Don Jeane, of Victoria, took first place in the Animals/Fauna and Landscape/Wildflower categories in the annual Coleto Creek Park photo contest.

Victoria Photography Club

Entries are now being accepted through July 28 for the annual Victoria Photography Club's photography contest and exhibition. More than $1,500 in combined prize money will be awarded in adult and student divisions. There is a $6 entry fee for each adult entry with no limit on the number of entries.

The student division is open to all students in high school and lower grades and has one general category. Entry fee is $3 per photo.

The highest scoring photographs in each category will be exhibited at the Victoria Mall from Aug. 10-18. Rules and submission guidelines may be found at the Victoria Photography Club website or contact the club president at president@victoriaphotographyclub.com.

Roger Zimmerman has been a photographer for many years.

It was his keen, experienced eye that caught a bald eagle in flight at Coleto Creek Park with the photograph earning Best of Show honors in the park's annual photo contest.

"There's a nest on the property. We don't go over when the babies are still in the nest because you don't want to disturb them at all," Zimmerman said.

"So you just have to wait and hope.

"I used a Canon 50D with a 400 millimeter lens that I had to hand hold. I was lucky that this adult flew right over my head," he said.

Zimmerman's Best of Show earned him a $100 prize, and three first places in different categories - Birds/Insects, Creative and Reptiles/Amphibians - netted a $50 prize in each.

Other first-place winners included Don Jeane, of Victoria, in the Animals/Fauna and Landscape/Wildflower categories and Charles Gossett, of Victoria, in the People/Recreational Activities category. Valerie Vazquez, of Cuero, earned top honors in the Student category.

This year's contest judges were members of the Victoria Photography Club, and all photos submitted were in a digital format.

All winning photos will be on display at the Coleto Creek Park office.

Coleto Creek Park uses submitted photos to help promote the many different activities, animals and natural habitat that make the park unique, according to a news release from the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir, located midway between Victoria and Goliad, is a joint project between Coleto Creek Power and the GBRA.

GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, goes on to San Antonio Bay and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties.

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