Toddler, pumpkins a winning shot
Holly Whitlock doesn't fancy herself a great photographer, but she said a trip this fall to a pumpkin patch produced two photos good enough that she wanted to enter them in The Current's second annual Fall Photo Contest.
One shot of her baby Bella sitting by some giant pumpkins is this year's winning entry. For her efforts, Whitlock will receive $100 from The Current.
"It just happened to be a good shot," said Whitlock, a Lansing resident. "We took it, and it turned out great. We got a couple of good shots that day. I saw that the paper was having the photo contest, and I said, 'I'm going to enter these.'"
Bill Snead, a former photographer with The Washington Post and United Press International and now a senior editor at the Lawrence Journal-World, judged the contest, which had more than 30 entries. He said he liked the contrast between the small child and large pumpkins, plus the vivid colors in Whitlock's photo.
"There's great color with the sunlight bouncing off the pumpkins into the child's face. The bright foreground helps the background go dark, making the subject jump out of the photo," Snead said.