We travelled up to Salem yesterday for the Oregon State Fair. Julia and Anna both entered photos, and we knew that one of them had won an award, but we weren’t sure which. Our first stop was the photography exhibit, but none of the ribbons were up yet, so no answer there. Julia still took a photo of Anna besides each of her entries (“Mr. Chimp”—above, and “In Living Color,” which had already won a Fair Board Award at the Lane County Fair last month).
We had lunch before the food court got too busy, and then we hit the midway and Anna rode fifty-five rides with her unlimited ride pass. That was the highlight of her day, until …
She won first place in the Junior Monochrome category for “Mr. Chimp.” The award was well-deserved—as much as I liked the color version of this photo, the black and white print is stunning.
So now, in a little over a year, she’s won a third, a second, a first, and a Fair Board Award. And she’s only eight-years-old.
Anna has a real future in photography. Someday she may be famous, and if she she is, you got the chance to see her beautiful photos here first!
Yeah, we’re proud of her. Can’t you tell?