Spring color brings more entries for BMC photo contest

By Curtis Riggs | March 25, 2009

Time to choose People’s Choice winner
DESERT FOOTHILLS – Spring wildflowers and the greenery, which comes with significant winter rains, caused many more people to enter the Black Mountain Photo Contest this year.

There were 81 entries in the contest, which ended March 15. The contest, co-sponsored by the Black Mountain Conservancy and Sonoran News, is held every spring to draw attention to the beauty of Black Mountain and the need to preserve as much of it as possible.

Linda Benedetto, Mike Burns, Ken Elzey, Dena Johnson, Heinz Kagerer, Sandy Neri, Steve Norris, Linda Satane, Andreas Schmalz, Larry Schreibman, Susan Trogan and Jessica Westermeyer took the top dozen photos. They were selected by a panel of local judges, professional photo-graphers Don Asakawa, Alan Lowy and Jerry Sieve.

Since the majority of contest entries are now digital photos there is only one photo category in the contest.

The top photos will go on display around the community so people can vote for their favorite in the People’s Choice competition. They will be on display at the Sonoran Festival of Fine Art in downtown Carefree April 3 through 5, Desert Foothills Library April 6 through 12 and at the Cave Creek Museum beginning April 13.

The annual Black Mountain Photo reception will be at the museum, intersection of Basin Road and Sky Line Drive, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

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Jason Corneveaux won the People’s Choice Award in last year’s Black Mountain Photo Contest with this shot he took off of Stagecoach Pass in Carefree.
Photo courtesy of Black Mountain Conservancy