Ryan Gosche of Minot was the star at the Minot Camera Club's year-end competition/banquet May 16 when he decisively captured the Best of the Year award with two category-winning photos.
Throughout the year, some 400 photos have been submitted by members, judged by various professional photographers, and the monthly winners in each division are advanced on to the year-end competition. A total of 139 photos were submitted in this year's year-end competition. Divisions are color, black-and-white, and open class.
Judging the event was Aaron Michels of Slightly In Focus Photography of Minot. After much deliberation, Michels couldn't break a tie between two photos, so he presented two top awards this year.
"What a surprise to discover they were both done by the same photographer," said Betty Nordstrom, club vice president.
Gosche won first-place honors in black-and-white with his photo called "Abandoned Comfort." Plus he took top honors in the open class with his photo "Pathway to Autumn." These top notch photos both received the coveted recognition for Best of the Year. Also, Pius Klein of Minot had the winning photo in the color division with his photo "High and Wonderful."
"This waterfall is located along the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area, along the northern border of Oregon," Klein said of his winning photo. "It is one of a few waterfalls along the highway following the river gorge."
Gosche snapped his "Abandoned Comfort" photo behind Ebeneezer's in Minot.
"Textures are a main focus of my photography and this photo captures so many," Gosche said. "Everything in this picture from the couch to the wall, the cigarette butts, the broken glass has been used and discarded. It portrays a serene yet unnoticed catharsis."
His "Pathway to Autumn" photo was taken in the Sharon Woods of Southern Ohio.
"It was in the first week where the leaves were turning," Gosche said. "You can't tell from the photo but beneath the bridge is actually quite a drop."
Of the 30-some members of the Minot Camera Club, seven members with 19 different photographs were chosen for year-end awards, including Gosche and Klein plus Betty Nordstrom, Ellen Fenner, Dale Nordstrom and Jeremy Krause, all of Minot, and Richard Debertin of Berthold.
The Minot Camera Club will present a display of photos in the Minot Public Library gallery in the month of June.