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City Events Newsroom

Mayor Announces Winners of Spring Photo Contest

Tuesday June 25, 2013

More than 700 entries showcase
Louisville icons, neighborhoods, attractions

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the winners of Louisville’s first-ever photo contest which drew more than 700 images of the city and its people ranging from the waterfront to the suburbs, including famous icons and lesser known locations. The competition was open to participants of all ages and skill levels.

“We wanted to reach out to Louisvillians and give them the opportunity to express what makes Louisville special to them, but we wanted them to capture that special feeling a little differently,” Fischer said. “Photos help others see the true beauty and uniqueness of our city.”

The photos submitted included a wide variety of images and styles including photos of the popular new Big Four bridge, animals at the Louisville Zoo, children playing in local parks, neighborhood scenes and many more. One winner and one honorable mention were chosen in adult and youth divisions.

“The competition was stiff, and I want to congratulate the all of the talented participants. Their photos were amazing, and they deserve recognition,” Fischer said.

This year’s youth winner is Claire Hillebrand, age 13, for a photo entitled “Broken Dock.” Claire will receive a prize package that includes a Bristol restaurant gift card, tickets to a private suite for a Louisville Bats baseball game, tickets to the Louisville Zoo, a gift card from Quest Outdoors and a pass to the Muhammad Ali Center.

The winner in the adult division is Austin Wilder, for “Another Day Ends.” Austin will receive a prize package that includes a Bristol restaurant gift card, tickets to a box at Churchill Downs, a Galt House weekend package and a pass to Metro Parks golf courses.

The Honorable Mention youth recipient is Emily Hamm, age 17, for her photo, “Fireworks.” The adult Honorable Mention recipient is Monica Mays for “Louisville Zoo.” Both Emily and Monica will receive prizes including a VIP pass for the Waterfront Independence Day celebration and tickets to a Louisville Bats game.

In addition to the prize packages, all of the winners’ photos are displayed on the city website and on Mayor Fischer’s Facebook page.

The photo entries were judged by two local professional photographers, Bill Luster a freelance photographer who retired in 2012 after many years with the Courier-Journal, and Jamie Rhodes who takes photos for the Kentucky Derby Festival, Norton Healthcare and other clients.

All photo entries can be viewed at: