Nearly 60 photographers attend 'Picture My Weekend'

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Nearly 60 photographers attend 'Picture My Weekend'

August 4, 2011

PMW 2011 Group
Picture My Weekend 2011

PMW Winners 2011






Colene Abbott (not picture), Teresa James (left) and Kyle Haggard (right) took home first second and third place awards from "Picture My Weekend," an annual photography event in Alva. Abbott, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony, won with her photo "Antique Reflections." James received second with "Morning Light," which also was voted People's Choice, and Haggard placed third with his photo "Sunflower."

Faucet photo winner
"Picture My Weekend" participants were asked to photograph a faucet and the most creative would be recognized. In "Faucet" photography, Jeramie Heldermon (right) received a certificate for "From the Bucket." Erika Birk (left), "Picture My Weekend" committee member, presented Heldermon with the award.
Faucet creativity winner
Lori Coonrod was acknowledged for outstanding use of creativity for her faucet photo "Dryspell." Erika Birk (left), "Picture My Weekend" committee member, presented Coonrod with the award.

Judges had difficult decisions to make while they reviewed more than 160 photos on display during Northwestern Creativity Project’s “Picture My Weekend.” Nearly 60 photographers came to the Runnymede Hotel in Alva for a day of photography workshops and brought photos for public viewing during the Photography Show last Friday and Saturday.

Five were awarded honors including first through third placements, People’s Choice and for the creativity of “Faucet” photography. Those who registered were asked to submit a creative photo of a faucet for fun. A list of placements, names, hometown and photo names are listed below:

• First place – Colene Abbott, Lake City (Kan.), “Antique Reflections;”

• Second place and People’s Choice Award – Teresa James, Vici, “Morning Light;”

• Third place – Kyle Haggard, Alva, “Sunflower;”

• Faucet photo winner – Jeramie Heldermon, Lone Wolf, “From the Bucket;”

• Outstanding Use of Faucet Creativity – Lori Coonrod, Fairmont, “Dryspell.”

Participant Terri Walters of Ringwood won an external jump drive, a door prize item donated by SPI.

Participants were split into six groups during the “Photowalk” portion of the workshop Saturday morning. Photographers shot photos at Alva locations including the flower garden at the home of Genevieve Farris, Northwestern campus, Alva Downtown Square, Cherokee Strip Museum, the Methodist Church and the Alva Cemetery and Hatfield Park.

A slideshow of assignment photos for “Picture My Weekend” can be viewed at The assignment was “Ordinary to Extraordinary through Color,” so participants were asked to take photos where the colors red, blue, yellow, orange, green and purple were the primary focus.

Members of the Northwestern Creativity Project planning committee for “Picture My Weekend” include Rod Murrow, retired dean of graduate studies; Angelia Case, instructional media technician; Erika Birk and Valarie Case, university relations specialists; Lois Hudgins, retired university relations specialist; Dr. Kay Decker, social science department chair; Kathy Earnest, instructor of English; Kyle Haggard, printing services assistant; Marie Kadavy, Foundation communications and marketing manager; Ken Kelsey, adjunct instructor of history and fine arts; Andrew Lauffer, intercampus courier/ITV facilitator; and Becky McCray, local business owner.

Picture My Weekend” is an event open to anyone interested in photography. Workshop sessions are designed for photographers of all ages and all skill levels. Held the last weekend in July, workshop participants are expected to participate in the photography show Friday evening. Similarly, photographers who show their work are expected to participate in the workshops.

For additional information about “Picture My Weekend,” contact Information also is available online at