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Photo Contest A Success, Earth's Elements Celebrated


Last updated 2/25/2020 at 11:10am

Two heavily attended shows took over the Borrego Art Institute Feb. 1 – the Anza-Borrego Foundation's Annual Photo Contest and Celebrating the Earth's Elements. Both proved to be a big success.

When walking into the BAI Gallery, you notice a few pieces. One being a big neon sign, crafted by "Neon Guy Hot Mike," as he likes to introduce himself, and "Pecking Chickens" made of Clay/Raku. To the side, a big warrior made of mixed media and a beautiful stainless steel and bronze sculpture by none other than John Richen. The elegance of the horse piece is one you don't want to miss checking out, and possibly taking home to show off to your guests. Just a thought!

This show was formerly know as "Celebrating Clay, Glass and Fiber Show," but because the show now encompasses more of the elements, the name was changed.

To the right of the gallery was the great showing of photographs from all over the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park by multiple talented photographers. From tiny insects and flowers from the 2019 Super Bloom to sunrises all over the desert and playful animals like bighorn sheep and coyotes, there were tons of photographs for all to enjoy.

The judging process took a grueling four hours, before final decisions were made by the six judges. There were multiple repeat winners in all categories either placing or earning an Honorable Mention.

However, this year's Best of Show and First Place photograph was awarded to Tyler Richard, titled "Milky Way Above Elephant's Knees," for a exuberant photograph of the desert night sky.

Well-known photographer Garett Wood was in attendance, and a few of his photographs were either a first place winner or a second, even in the same category. No surprise there, even with a few notable mentions.

The Cell Phone category, one of the newest categories in the contest, showcased small insects and a rainbow, even the Palms Oasis, which burned down a few weeks ago.

A few notable photographs were those taken at hiking trails and the scenic views offered by the Anza-Borrego Desert.

The voting process for the People's Choice Award will end 4 p.m. Feb. 21. To place a vote, head on over to the Borrego Art Institute.

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