Love of nature key to taking winning photo

Becky Cooper By Becky Cooper

Aug. 12, 2017 at 10:26 p.m.
Updated Aug. 13, 2017 at 6 a.m.

BEST OF SHOW: Frank Klein, Yorktown, "Strawberry Cactus No.1"

BEST OF SHOW: Frank Klein, Yorktown, "Strawberry Cactus No.1"   Contributed photos for The Victoria Advocate

Frank Klein's love for nature and animals shines through in his photographs.

"I love the incredible beauty of nature. To me, it is worshipping God," Klein said about his love for photographing nature.

That love has shone through again as the Yorktown farmer-rancher won best of show in the Victoria Photography Club's 13th annual photo contest.

The photo, titled "Strawberry Cactus No. 1" was entered in the flower category. He entered other cactus flower photos in the show as well.

The winning photo was shot on his ranch in West Texas in Val Verde County west of Comstock.

Klein, 62, used a 200-mm Nikon micro lens to capture the bright colors of the cactus bloom. He said he lucked out because the day was overcast, which gave him the best lighting without shadows.

Klein is no stranger to area photo contests and usually has photos that place in the contests.

He credits his love of photography and nature for being able to shoot quality photos.

The contest received 413 entries, including 17 student entries.

The photos will be on display in the center court area at the Victoria Mall through Aug. 19.

"The quality of the entries was outstanding," said Fain Zimmerman, contest co-chairman.

Klein received $125 and a rosette for having the best of show photo. He also receives a 16-by-20-inch stretched canvas print from Korczynski's Photography.

Other prizes include $75 for first place; $50, second place; and $25, third place. Student prizes were $30 for first; $20, second; and $10, third. All winners also received rosettes.

Two additional Korczynski prizes are offered based on selection by the judges - a 16-by-20-inch watercolor print and a 16-by-20-inch mounted print.

Three experienced photographers served as judges: Pamela Fulcher, of Rockport; Tom Savage, of Saginaw; and Richard Korczynski, of Victoria.

Other contest winners are:


1. Daniela Kirkpatrick,Victoria, "Deadly Embrace"

2. Timothy Sadler,Hallettsville, "The Pounce"

3. Pat Gooch, Victoria, "Big Adventure"

Honorable mentions

Diane Nunley, Port Lavaca, "Texas Spiny Lizard"

Laney Rickman, Cuero, "Twin Kittens Pride and Joy"

Beverly Johnson, Refugio, "Curious Monkeys"

Brenda Gentry, Berclair, "Soul to Soul"

Frank Klein, Yorktown, "Jackrabbit Portrait."


1. Fain Zimmerman,Victoria, "Ready to Fly"

2. Fain Zimmerman,Victoria, "Dancing Heron"

3. Ted Goris, Victoria, "Sneak Attack"

Honorable mention

Laney Rickman, Cuero, "Blue- throated McCaw Family"


1. Mary Gail Moody, Victoria, "Huvar's"

2. George Gilchrist, Papalote, "Petrified Gas"

3. Ryan Deis, Victoria, "4 a.m. on Saint Ann"


1. Daniel Harabis,San Antonio, "The Recital"

2. Laney Rickman, Cuero, "Pair of Reakirt's Blue Butterflies"

3. Timothy Sadler,Hallettsville, "Spring"


1. Diane Nunley, Port Lavaca, "Pair of Northern Cardinals"

2. Mary Gail Moody,Victoria, "Untitled"

3. Fain Zimmerman, Victoria, "Country Cardinal's Perch"

Honorable mentions

K.C. Boren, Victoria, "Love"

Don Clark, Victoria, "After the Show"

Marsha Gibson, Cuero, "Verdant Sea in Blue"

Fain Zimmerman, Victoria, "Textured Ele"


1. Jim Feig, Victoria, "Calla Lily"

2. Frank Klein, Yorktown, "Claret Cup Cactus No. 2"

3. Marsha Gibson, Cuero, "Horsemint"

Honorable mention

Frank Klein, Yorktown, "Claret Cup Cactus No. 1"


1. Don Jeane, Victoria, "Vik Black Sand Beach," also won second Korczynski prize

2. Don Jeane, Victoria, "Icy Sunrise"

3. Jim Payne, Victoria, "Sunrise at Caddo Lake"

Honorable mentions

Pat Jeane, Victoria, "Evening Flight at Bosque"

Don Jeane, Victoria, "Kirkjuvells"

Frank Klein, Yorktown, "Cerro Castalan"


1. Tim Kirkland, Cuero, "Mud Wrestling-Cowboy Style," also won third Korczynski prize

2. Dave Van Leeuwen, Victoria, "473 Easing into the Night"

3. Jim Payne, Victoria, "Holiday Light at the Gazebo"

Honorable mentions

Ryan Deis, Victoria, "Driving Matilda"

Jim Feig, Victoria, "Church Staircase"


1. Maxine Kubecka, Palacios, "The Cowboy Poet"

2. Carolyn Morehead, Yorktown, "Ranch Foreman"

3. John Hudgeons, Cuero, "Flower Child"

Honorable mentions

Don Jeane, Victoria, "Caitlyn and Ginger"

Pat Gooch, Victoria, "Simple Life"

Dianna Bartosh, Cuero, "Mexican Soldiers at Goliad"


1. Kaylynn Cowey, Cuero, "Autumn Smile"

2. Makayla Shimek, Yoakum, "Butterfly Happiness"

3. Kassidy Cowey, Cuero, "Hanging Out"



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