2018 IMAGE Winners Announced

Scottsbluff, Nebraska -1/31/18- It’s photography time once again during West Nebraska Arts Center’s 36th Annual IMAGE exhibit. Each year this gallery exhibit includes a wide variety of photographs showcasing technical innovations and aesthetic curiosities. The exhibit this year, sponsored by Laura Clark and dedicated to the memory of William J. Clark, includes 120 photographs from 40 artists in the Panhandle.
Professional photographer, Nicole Smith of Scottsbluff, selected the awards for this year’s exhibit. One Best of Show and two Honorable Mentions in each division, professional, adult and youth and a recipient for the Jim Downey Award for Best Landscape will receive monetary prizes. Mrs. Smith chose a special award for the Themed Challenge Life in Black and White.
“There was a lot of photographs to choose from. We want to thank Nicole Smith, our judge. She spent plenty of time in the gallery carefully making her selections, said Maria Lena Soto, WNAC Program Manager. “We also liked to thank all the artists for participating in this year’s IMAGE Photography Exhibit.
This year’s winners are:
BEST OF SHOW (Professional Division)
Gina Campbell
Scottsbluff, NE
Another Peek, 2014
digital photograph
“The emotion captured here is truly timeless. A memory she will cherish for a lifetime. Amazing capture!
HONORABLE MENTION (Professional Division)
Rick Myers
Gering, NE
Osprey Sunrise, 2017
digital composite
“This absolutely had me wow’d! Amazing and natural composite”
HONORABLE MENTION (Professional Division)
Richard Schaneman
Scottsbluff, NE
Pow Wow with the Great Spirit, 2018
digital photograph
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“I couldn’t stop coming back to this. Although the image is abstract it truly made me ‘feel’ something! Absolutely
incredible use of manipulation and color.”
BEST OF SHOW (Adult Division)
Richard Teller
Scottsbluff, NE
Diamond Ring, 2018
digital photograph
“This event made me so emotional and this just reminded me how incredible it was! Amazing capture. Your capture
of the sunburst is perfection!”
HONORABLE MENTION (Adult Division)
Teresa Tanner
Harrisburg, NE
Smoke Rings, 2017
Digital photograph
“I can literally smell this event. I adore the smoke frozen and the movement of the image! Absolutely amazing!”
HONORABLE MENTION (Adult Division)
Doris Holloway
Scottsbluff, NE
Resting, 2017
digital photograph
“Absolutely amazing use of color and Bokeh! The light illumination your subject is perfection! Gorgeous capture!”
BEST OF SHOW (Youth Division)
Jasmine J. Campbell
Scottsbluff, NE
Glowing Color
digital photograph
“I’m literally obsessed! The use of dark, light and color are incredible! I love how you have composed the image as
well to truly draw your attention to your subject! Incredible!”
HONORABLE MENTION (Youth Division)
Keaton Wells
Scottsbluff, NE
Frozen Flora, 2017
iPhone photo
“The fact that this was taken with a cell phone is amazing! You have an incredible eye for photography – do not stop!”
HONORABLE MENTION (Youth Division)
Dakota Vrbas
Kimball, NE
Dragonfly Beauty, 2016
digital photograph
“Wow! The color, sharpness and Bokeh are incredible! Amazing still.”
JIM DOWNEY AWARD FOR BEST LANDSCAPE
Alycia Vrbas
Kimball, NE
youth division
Waterdrop, 2016
digital photograph
“This is stunning! The detail in your droplet as well as the plant leaves is truly perfect! Girl you have an amazing
talent!”
Theme Challenge: Life in Black & White
Charles Lierk
Alliance, NE
adult division
Gone, 2016

“Obsessed! I can smell the must and your depth of field and texture take you right into the image! Amazing!”
Nicole Smith biography
Smith is a sought after natural light portrait photographer specializing in the art of newborn photography. Nicole started her professional photography career in 2010, with her passion for newborn photography blossoming in late 2012. She developed a natural love for teaching shortly thereafter and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the industry’s leading natural light newborn photographers and mentors.
Nicole attended Ashford University where she earned her degree in Business Administration and Organizational Management. Shortly thereafter, with the support of her husband and two children, her business was born and continues to grow. Nicole is a proud member of many local and charitable organizations including NAPCP and NILMDTS and is proud to volunteer her time and talent to help others.
Nicole is a world-renowned, award-winning, & nationally published maternity, newborn, child, family, & wedding photographer. Nicole has been recognized by multiple times in Mozi Magazine, Photography Magazine, Maternity Magazine, Newborn Magazine, and one of her newborn images also graced the cover of “DreamBirth” Audio Book by Catherine Shainberg, PhD. She was named #5 on Top Teny’s list of Top 10 best newborn photographers in the world.
Nicole will be making quite a few stops around the world in 2018 with her natural light newborn workshops. She will be bringing along her fun and sassy attitude in hopes of spreading her love for newborns and life. She is a firm believer of empowering and supporting one another and hopes she can make a small difference in the lives of many.
The IMAGE Photography Exhibit will be on display at the West Nebraska Arts Center February 1 – February 25. An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 1st, from 5-7p.m. The gallery exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.
The West Nebraska Arts Center is a cultural non-profit organization committed to education, awareness, and excellence in the arts, serving the North Platte Valley Region. WNAC is located at 106 East 18th Street in Scottsbluff, NE. Visit the Arts Center’s website, www.thewnac.com, to learn more. The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported this program through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported the programs of this organization through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Visit www.nebraskaartscouncil.org for more information on how the Nebraska Arts Council can assist your organization, or how you can support the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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