Edmonds Rotary announces the winners of the 2021 photomarathon



Best in Show Winner: “This is Me” by Molly Ottele

The winners were announced at Edmonds Rotary’s annual photomarathon, which drew a record number of photo enthusiasts on June 12. The photos were captured during the six-hour contest period, with each photographer providing their unique take on six subjects. The event is one of only two in the United States and benefits Edmonds Rotary’s community service projects and scholarship fund.

The difficult task of judging the entries went to My Edmonds News photographer / journalist Larry Vogel, who admitted to “losing some sleep” while considering the merits of each submission.

“I am impressed with the array of talent, artistic expression and overall creativity that has presided over this year’s nominations,” said Vogel.

Molly Ottele won Photomarathon’s Best in Show, reflecting the best performance of all categories, for her photo on the theme of It’s me. Vogel described Ottele’s entry as “an amazing image that captures multiple vertical levels and dimensions in one shot. Closest to the camera are the plants growing in the partially submerged log. A lower level, the water surface reflects not only the clouds, but the image of the photographer. The last level shows the bottom of the pool, picking up the photographer’s shadow (a very special touch) and adding the crisscrossed debris. It’s one of those intricate photos where every time you look at it you see something new, ”Vogel said.

“Best in Show was a very difficult choice, but there is so much going on in this photo,” he said. “The more you look at it, the more you see. I found it both cerebral and intellectual. You could almost base a course on that. In the end, it was this consideration that drove him to the top as a Best in Show. “

The Best of Show finalist was awarded to Heather Gyselman for her performance in the “Wet” category

The Best of Show finalist was awarded to Heather Gyselman for her portrayal of the category Wet. “Joy, youthful exuberance, color, action and movement come together in this photo that is sure to bring even the most sullen smile on your face,” said Vogel. The color red, orange and blue seems stolen from a bowl of rainbow sorbet and comes screaming summer. They provide the perfect backdrop for a child’s joyful moment and splashing water. It’s a summer afternoon frozen in time. Take this one out on a gloomy winter day and let it be summer just a moment.

The other 2021 Photomarathon Winners, by category, are:


Yellow by Vicki Rivers. Vogel said this photo is “a great example of seeing something special in an everyday object. The monumental tractor wheel and tire dominate the photo, drawing attention to its weight, size, symmetry and color. But the art is in the details, especially the imperfections – especially the partially punctured tire and the rust spots. It’s not a showroom tractor – it works for a living. His youthful glory days may be over, but he is strong and still has a lot to do – a metaphor for all of us as we move through the many stages of life.

“Do you see what I see?”

Do you see what I see? by Frances Vanderbeck. “The real creative art in photography (and indeed in all other art forms) is seeing ordinary things in different ways, ”Vogel wrote of why he selected this winning entry. ”This image captures a face formed from knots and tree growth patterns exposed in an everyday fence plank. It reminds me of Picasso’s famous work, which he created in a spark of inspiration seeing a bull’s head in an everyday bicycle handlebar and saddle set. These mundane objects are part of our everyday surroundings, and there may be similar ones gathering dust in your garage or shed – but it took the genius of Picasso to see them differently and the result is a work of art. sustainable.


Bound by Heather Gyselman. “This image sums up the child’s love and ‘connection’ with what we assume to be family members on screen, as they share the familiar heart and hand gesture, ”Vogel wrote. “Looking at this photo, you can literally feel the emotions and the bond that flow between the child and the woman on the screen. It’s another timely post about how love binds us together despite the separation many went through during the pandemic stop, and how despite that love finds a way to connect, in this case through technology. The message is getting across – even in the depths of the pandemic, love is stronger than COVID. “

“After quarantine”

After quarantine by Erich Hayner. This winning photo, said Vogel, “captures the emotions inherent in the forced separation of loved ones across generations imposed by the COVID shutdown. The obvious age difference of the two hands (and the fact that the older hand is in partial shade) sums up the joy, emotion, and intimacy we can once again experience when we physically reconnect with those. dear to us, grandparents are hugging our grandchildren again, and the time of COVID-imposed separations is slowly fading away. “

A reception to honor the winners and to display the prints of all submitted photos is scheduled for later this summer. Each winner will receive gift certificates at a local restaurant. Community sponsors include The Hagen Firm, Purcell Legal, Krause & Thorpe Wealth Management at RBC Wealth Management, Sherry and Gary and Magic Photo.



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