From Where I Stand

by Jerrica B.

This year was the 9th annual photo contest hosted by the Monroe-West Monroe Conventions and Visitors Bureau. For the past few years, we’ve partnered with BayouLife.

The theme this year was “From Where I Stand.” We had over 100 submissions into our photo contest, and there were many great shots to choose from. It’s a testament to how beautiful our parish is, but also to the talented photographers that we have here. So many unique perspectives were represented. It was awesome.

After we chose the theme, we checked the Instagram to see if there was already that hashtag in existence… There was. If you frequent that app, you might be familiar with #fromwhereistand. The majority of the photos are pictures of feet. Literally, where people were standing. That was a concern of ours—that we would get lots of feet pictures. Needless to say, that was not what we intended.

I am proud to announce that out of 109 submissions, we had only 1 feet picture. Ladies and gentleman, that is quite… a feat. (Yes, pun absolutely intended.)

Chandler Robinson- Bayou Living (Student)
It was this one, which is actually pretty cool. Go Warhawks. “Bayou Living” by Chandler Robinson

Thank you to all of those who submitted a photo. Our judges had some hard decisions to make. They based their decisions on three categories—photo quality, relevance to theme, and advertising usability. Our contest winners were announced today at the Tourism Industry Luncheon and Awards. So, without further ado, here are the 2016 Photo Contest Winners:

Biedenharn at night
BEST OF SHOW, “Biedenharn at Night” by Michelle Tripp

Yvonne Frost- DowntownAdult Category- 1st Place, “Downtown” by Yvonne Frost

Mohan Krishna - Gator Scape (002)
Adult Category- 2nd Place, “Gator Scape” by Mohan Krishna Ragaraja
Burg Ransom- Intense
Adult Category- 3rd Place, “Intense” by Burg Ransom
Chandler Robinson- Pride of Monroe(Student)
Student Category- 1st Place, “Pride of Monroe” by Chandler Robinson
Nicole Miller- IMG_9174-3 (Student)
Student Category- 2nd Place, “Breath of Freedom” by Nicole Miller
Simran Kang- Sunlit Path (Student)
Student Category- 3rd Place, “Sunlit Path” by Simran Kang

Congratulations to all of our winners! And be on the look out for our Best of Show winner on the cover of BayouLife Magazine in July. Thank you all for making this photo contest a success!


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