Liberty Township’s annual amateur photography contest has always been a much-anticipated event, but this year’s theme, “Views of Our Community,” brought an unprecedented level of engagement from local photographers and the public alike. The contest, which concluded on July 31, saw a large number of entries that captured the essence of Liberty Township—from its scenic landscapes to its vibrant community activities.
Larry VanSuch emerged as the winner, garnering over 620 public votes for his captivating photograph. Following closely were Ken Shenefield in second place and Dan Distelhorst in third. The contest, which was open to all age groups, allowed participants to submit their entries until the stroke of midnight on July 31. The public then had from August 1 to August 19 to cast their votes through social media and in-person voting stations.
The annual photo contest is not merely a competition; it’s a celebration of the community’s spirit, diversity, and beauty. Participants were encouraged to submit photos that encapsulated their favorite places, scenes, activities, or events within Liberty Township. The age categories—12 and under, 13 to 18 years old, and 19 years and older—ensured that the contest was inclusive, inviting lensmen and lenswomen of all ages to showcase their talent.
Winning this contest is not just about bragging rights; it’s a platform for local artists to gain exposure and recognition. The winning entries are displayed prominently at the Township Administrative Building, offering a visual treat to visitors. Additionally, these masterpieces will grace the Township’s official website and social media channels, further amplifying their reach and impact.
In conclusion, Liberty Township’s annual photo contest serves as a mirror reflecting the community’s rich tapestry of life and landscapes. It’s an event that not only celebrates artistic talent but also fosters community engagement, making it a win-win for everyone involved.
The winning photographs can be viewed below. The deer is by winner Larry VanSuch; the bird and flowers by Ken Shenefield; and the owl by Dan Distelhorst.