Photo art to be on display at Victoria Mall

Johnathan Silver By Johnathan Silver

Aug. 13, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.
Updated Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:41 p.m.

When Marsha Gibson masters something, she loses interest in it. That didn't happen with photography.

"I never will reach the point where I'll say I've learned everything," the DeWitt County resident said.

Gibson said she's been at it since 2007. Now, she's won multiple contests through the Victoria Photography Club and shined in its 2014 photography contest, placing in five categories. Her work and the work of other entrants will be on public display at Victoria Mall starting Saturday.

This year, 47 entrants submitted 340 entries across 10 categories: animals, birds, buildings/structures, close-up/macro, creative, flowers/plants, landscape, miscellaneous, people/portraits and students. Awards ranged from $10 and a ribbon to $125 and a ribbon, depending on place and category.

The club draws photography enthusiasts who learn from each other, said Fain Zimmerman, a co-chairwoman for the annual contest.

"Most of us learn that we still have a lot to learn," she said. "That's the advantage to being in a photography club."

Members also grow through competing, she said.

"You get to look at that and see what makes a really good photograph," Zimmerman said. "It's a good learning tool."

The quality of work submitted continuously improves, she said, saying the number of entries decreased this year because entrants were more cautious about their work.

Gibson won third place in the birds category, second in buildings/structures, second in creative, first in flowers/plants and third in landscape. The first year she entered, in 2007, she won Best of Show.

"It was thrilling," she said. "I'm always striving to do well in photography."

Works will be on display at the mall until Aug. 24, and people from the club will be on hand during evenings to talk about display items. The display art covers an array of subjects, Zimmerman said.

"They can find the type of picture that appeals to them," she said.



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