Watch Jean Wibbens Awards Announcement.
Friday, September 10, Jean Wibbens, the judge for Bower Center’s “Through the LENS” exhibit, spoke about the diverse array of photography that had been entered and presented awards to ten of the twenty-nine photographers who submitted 83 photographs that will be displayed through September 25.
The following awards were presented: Four Awards of Merit went to: Kingfisher by Alan Raasch; End of the Vine by Teresa Woodford; The Studio by Emma Lassiter, and Ilona and Hauke by Kathryn Orth. 3rd Place went to Blue Door by Karen Covey; 2nd Place to Revenge of the Black Rhino by Thomas Green, and Best in Show to Virginia Dickens for Haines Highway Horses. Recognitions specifically for Body of Work were first presented to two artists as an impromptu addition in the 2021 Edna Curry/John Bower Exhibit. It was decided to include this as a regular part of the awards for future exhibits as it gives recognition to those artists who have developed or are developing recognizable styles, concentrated on specific subject matter for all of their work or a particular series, and continued to exert cohesive works that share consistent elements. The winners selected for Through the LENS are: 3rd Place, Michelline Hall for Christina, Nina, and Starr; 2nd Place, Linda Black for Tiles 1, Tiles 2, and Tiles 3; and 1st Place, Barry Koplen for Larry!, A Day to Remember, and What Green Can?