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Edna teen inherits grandfather's eye for photography

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
April 23, 2013 at 8:01 p.m.
Updated April 22, 2013 at 11:23 p.m.

Best Texas wildflower, first place in the flower/plants category, was awarded to "Field of Bluebonnets."

Kimberly Ortolon credits her grandfather for her interest in photography.

Kimberly, 14, an eighth-grader at Edna Junior High School, recently won the youth division of the annual DeWitt County Shutterbugs Photography Contest.

The winning photograph of her sister, Brandi Ortolon, took Best of Show honors at the Jackson County Youth Fair last fall.

"I began taking pictures when I was 8 years old as one of my 4-H projects," said Kimberly. "My grandfather (Roy Ortolon) was a professional photographer, so he helped develop my interest and encouraged me.

"During the summer, he takes me on photo excursions to the bay and the Hill Country area."

The winning photograph of her sister, "Meditation," was shot with a Nikon Coolpix L110.

"The picture was originally shot as a colored digital image then changed to black and white. I added special effects using Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0," Kimberly said.

Kimberly has an eye on a career in animal science after school and would love to be able to continue her love of photography, too.

"I might combine the two interests as a career with something such as one of the major cattle trade magazines," she said.

"This year, I photographed several family Christmas portraits as well as some graduating senior pictures, so I may keep that up as a side job."

Kimberly took the first three places in the youth division.

Awarded Best of Show in the annual contest that attracted 438 entries was Tom Savage, of Saginaw, with "Team Roping." The photo also won in the miscellaneous category.

Other winners included Dan Meredith, of Dallas, Texas wildflower and flowers/plants category, "Field of Bluebonnets"; Don Jeane, of Victoria, animals/fauna category, "Violet Tailed Sylph"; Dan Meredith, Architecture category, "U Drop Inn"; Kevin Esparza, of San Antonio, landscape/scenic category, "Maybry Mill"; Charles Gossett, of Victoria, portraits/people category, "Little Mother Nature"; and Charles Gossett, special effects category, "Cloud in My Coffee."

The wildflower category winner earned $75, and Best in Show won $100.

First place in each category received $50, second place won $40 and third won $30.

The youth division was open to students in eighth grade or lower. First in youth won $30, second won $20 and third won $10.

About 300 of the photographs are on display in the Cuero Public Library, 207 E. Main St., through May 2.

Many of the photographs in the wildflowers category can be seen at the DeWitt County Historical Museum, 312 E. Broadway St., also through May 2.

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