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Local 4H photographs win at district

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

Bandera County 4H had a record number of participants in the district 4H photography contest this spring with 28 students sending in entries.
Here we feature eight Best of Show winners in junior, intermediate and senior categories.
Cassidy Busby took advantage of an overcast day at the coast to capture the surprisingly colorful head of a pelican that appears ready to lift off from his perch in search of food. A baleful blue eye keeps watch on the camera lens as the light glows from every feather. Busby won Best of Show in the senior marine and aquatic category.
Junior 4H member Sidney Timmons found a sweet but quite prickly heart hidden in a hill country cactus that earned a Best of Show in the junior plant and flora category.
In the nature and landscape segment, Anna Beedle won her prize for a colorful and peaceful view of the setting sun just tipping the gently waves coming in to the beach.
Natalie Morgan got creative with a shot of mountain laurel against a ranch fence to win in the digital darkroom event, junior division.
Hannah Edwards focused on the simple geometric beauty of a fishhook cactus surrounded by pebbles for a dynamic study in brown for a win in the dominant color category, junior division.
Megan Mize got up close and personal for her black and white portrait of a very self-important be-whiskered seal who doesn't seem to want to smile for the camera. Megan won the junior division of the marine and aquatic category.
A colorful shot of winners' ribbons proved to be a winner for Keira Oakeson, who won the junior division for her photo representing the theme of the competition.
And of course, no Texas Hill Country 4H photography contest would be complete without a cute kid goat photo. Hailey Morgan captured her model prancing right toward the camera lens for her winner in the senior division for theme photography.
The 4H district photography contest is open to all 4H members. Those who want to improve their skills participate in the Bandera County 4H Photography Project, under the direction of experienced Project Leader Laurie Van Dyne.
Winners in the senior division at district may opt to enter their photos in the state contest.
Junior 4H members are 8- to 10-years old; intermediate members are 11- to 13-years-old; and seniors are 14- to 18- years old.