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June 30, 2014
The beauty of East Texas comes alive, once again, through the photographic images on display for Texas Bank and Trust’s 32nd Annual Photography Contest and Exhibition. Forty-three of the 373 photo entries were honored at the annual awards reception, held Sunday, June 29. The special reception marked the kickoff of the two-week photo exhibit at the Main Bank in Longview.
Ninety-nine photographers, representing 24 East Texas communities, submitted photographs depicting life in East Texas. "Magnifficence Mosquito Hawk" took home top honors as Best of Show. The stunning photo of a vibrantly-colored dragonfly perched majestically on a leaf was one of multiple Nature category entries by long-time contest participant Dale Lindenberg.
Cash prizes were awarded to winning photographers in four categories—Fine Art, Human Interest, Landscape, and Nature—in addition to the Chairman’s Award, the Vice Chairman’s Birthday Card Award, the President’s Award, the Christmas Card Award, the OMNIClub Birthday Card Award, and Best of Show. Winning photographs will appear in the Texas Bank and Trust 2015 Collector’s Calendar.
The juror for this year’s competition was Robert Langham, a seasoned landscape photographer and East Texas native. Mr. Langham has been photographing East Texas since 1971 when he took his first photojournalism class at Tyler Junior College (TJC). He continued his education in photography and art at Sam Houston State University. Mr. Langham has since pursued his interest in fine art photography while maintaining a successful commercial photography business in East Texas. He has dedicated a large part of his focus to the region in order to create an iconic vision of the landscape. Mr. Langham still works some in films while also teaching digital photography at TJC as an adjunct professor. His images are featured in many major collections, and he is the author of “The Blackford Guide,” which explores the six different things that happen in your photographs, whether you want them to or not. Mr. Langham is a former assistant to the world-renowned photographer, Ansel Adams.
The general public will have an opportunity to select the final photo to the bank's next collector's calendar. Ballots for the People’s Choice Award will be available during the two-week exhibition period and the winner will be announced the following week.
All photographs will remain on display in the Main Bank Lobby at 300 E. Whaley in downtown Longview through Friday, July 11.