Skyline wins 'Smile, Midland' photo contest
Staff Report, Midland Reporter-Telegram
A photo of the downtown Midland skyline took first place in the Midland Convention and Visitors Bureau's "Smile, Midland" photo contest. The photo, along with second and third place winners, were selected from a pool of entries collected during the previous month. The winners are being announced this week as part of National Tourism Week.
"The idea of the contest was to get Midland residents to show us Midland through their eyes," said Brandi Fischer, tourism manager for the CVB. "We got all kinds of entries, from scenery to families at baseball games, to patriotic shots."
Jack Kidwell, a Midland resident of 15 years, took first place with his photo of the skyline. He and his wife were out walking in the park when he noticed this skyline shot, which he came back and photographed the next evening.
Second place was awarded to Kelly Hullender for her photograph of her daughter, Mills, and Greenie the Clown at the July Fourth Celebration in downtown Midland. She said that Greenie was practically a member of the family, since she "has done all of (her children's) birthday parties for years."
The third place winner was Allison Morgan. Allison is a high school senior this year and is concurrently taking courses at Midland College. She said photography is her hobby, although she plans to take a photography course next year at MC. Her winning photograph depicts a West Texas sunset with a windmill on the horizon.
All of the winners will receive a prize pack courtesy of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"We are also planning on reproducing some of these shots as Midland postcards to sell in our Visitors Center and around the city," Ms. Fischer added.
The CVB is still looking for more photos to use in publications and promotional materials promoting the Tall City. Anyone wanting to have their photograph considered should contact the CVB at 683-3381 for additional information.
Copyright © 2008 Jack Kidwell
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