And this year’s winner is ...

Posted: November 16, 2012

The Winchester Star

“Loudoun St. Mile” by Tom Witt
“Glad I Have Eyes Sunrise” by Aaron Riddle
“Firing Line” by John Nixon
“Open for Business” by Kerri Patton

WINCHESTER — A local economic development group announced the winners of its nearly six-month photography contest Thursday.

Kerri Patton’s “Open for Business” photo of the intersection of Boscawen and Loudoun streets looking west took first prize.

In the second such contest put on by the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission, Patton’s photo was deemed the one that best captured the unique qualities of living and working in the area.

Nearly 300 photos were submitted, more than double the number of the previous competition in the winter of 2010-11.

For her efforts, Patton — who owns Kerri Lane Photography on Cameron Street — walks away with a $500 Visa gift card.

She said she had no choice but to take the photo the evening she saw the sunset streaking across the sky as she stepped outside the Feltner Building on the Loudoun Street Mall.

“The sky was pink and it was sprinkling a little bit,” she said. “I was a little nervous to take the camera out, but I knew I had to get the shot.”

She’s glad she did.

Three other residents of Winchester or Frederick County weren’t turned away from the contest empty-handed.

John Nixon finished as the first runner-up for his “Firing Line” photo and received a $300 gift card, while Aaron Riddle was the second runner-up for “Glad I Have Eyes Sunrise” and took home a $200 gift card.

Tom Witt’s “Loudon St. Mile” was chosen as the “most spirited” photo, for which he received a $100 gift card.

The photos will be used in marketing efforts by the EDC.

The EDC selected weekly and monthly winners throughout the contest, which were displayed on its website, winva.com.

A judging panel from the EDC’s New Business Development Committee selected overall contest winners from all qualifying entries, regardless of whether they had previously been selected as a weekly or monthly winner.

— Contact Conor Gallagher at cgallagher@winchesterstar.com