ELKINS — Arbovale resident Dale Kinnison captured the Best in Show Award at the annual Mountain State Forest Photography Show, held during festival week at the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA.
A total of 75 photos were submitted for the contest. Tyler Belt of Elkins was honored with the People’s Choice Award. Paisley Tabor earned Best in Show for the Youth Division.
“Everything went great and we had a really good show this year,” Mountain State Forest Festival Assistant Director Tracy Gooden told The Inter-Mountain. “There were a lot of great photos and we had a lot of entries submitted, so it was a really good turnout.”
Queen Silvia Anna Ruf and her Maids of Honor, Miriam Fath and Sophia Shoemaker, selected their top photos. Awards were also handed out in six other categories, including Nature, Animals, Places, People, Black & White and Youth.
In the Nature category, first place went to June Proctor of Beverly. Elkins’ Sherry Gibson was second and Beverly’s David Proctor finished in third place.
Wendy Parks, who hails from Fairmont, swept the top two spots in the Animals category. Philippi’s Hailee Poling followed Parks in third place.
Morgantown’s Dietra Savage took top honors in the Places category, and was followed by Buckhannon’s Alan Tucker and David Proctor.
The People category had just one submission with Parks placing first.
Tucker was the overall winner in the Black & White category and Gibson placed second, followed by Elkins’ Stephanie Smith.
Tabor also placed first overall in the Youth category, and Clarksburg’s Rain Hoalcraft was second. Tabor rounded out the top finishers in the Youth division with third place.
Ruf’s top choice in the contest was a photo from Proctor, while Tucker’s photo was Maid of Honor Sophie Shoemaker’s choice. Maid of Honor Miriam Fath chose a photo from Norton’s Cheryl Gottschall.
Photos submitted to the contest can be picked up at the location they were dropped off at this week.
“We had a great week for the Festival this year, we really did,” Gooden said. “All the events we had turned out really well and everything was well received. It was a really good week.”