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2018 Annual Photography Contest


The 2018 contest was met with the enthusiastic response of thirteen contributors who submitted 57 images of Plainfield. The photographs will help build our local photograph collection.  All entries have been digitized, indexed, and added to the Library's historical photograph archive, which consists of over 50,000 area photographs taken from 1865 to date.  Winning photographs and selected entries will be on display on the Reading Room wall through December 31, 2018.  

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all participants!


First Place Winner
“Halloween Shadows”
by Barbara Spellmeyer


Second Place
“Away In The Manger”
by Carol Field

Third Place
“We Love What Our Mayor
Does For Us”
by Diamond Pender

Director’s Choice
“Mayhem At The Manse 1”
by Carl Santiago

Honorable Mention
“Reason For School Closing”
by Jerry A. Barner

Honorable Mention
“Just Us Dragons”
by Taraka L. Gilbert

Honorable Mention
"Independence Day”
by Barbara Spellmeyer

Criteria for Winning Photographsl

Photographs are selected through a blind judging process (i. e. photographer names are not presented to the judge). They are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Relationship to contest theme
  • Composition - the arrangement of elements in the scene.
  • Cropping - the removal of parts of an image in order to improve the image’s composition.
  • Focus - the clear and sharply-defined condition of an image, as in “This image is in focus,” meaning it is sharp and well-defined.
  • Lighting - time-of-day or artificial illumination
  • Color - accent or overall effect
  • Timing - right-place-at-the-right-time
  • Emotion - such as joy, sadness, whimsy, etc.
  • Unique perspective
  • Creativity

Each of the winning photographs below demonstrate the use of nearly all of these elements.


Winning Example


Theme-related weinerman
"Weinerman" by William Monroe
First Place - Amateur
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes
Composition 7465 "Golden Lamps" by Jackie Schnoop
Second Place - East Side,
2010 Contest, East Side, West Side, All Around the Town
Cropping 7043 "North Avenue Scene" by Paul R. LeGrand
Second Place
2006 Contest, Plainfield In Focus


"Strong Family" by Louis Hickman
First Place, Black & White
2007 Contest, Plainfield - A Multicultural Community
Lighting monroe "Netherwood Christmas" by William Monroe
First Place,
2006 Contest, Plainfield In Focus
"Front Street - Thanksgiving Eve" by Victor D. Reynolds
Second Place -Professional
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes


"Heron" by Dan Damon
Third Place,
2009 Contest, Four Seasons in Plainfield
Emotion Thief "Thief!" by William Monroe
First Place - East Side,
2010 Contest, East Side, West Side, All Around the Town
Unique perspective carts "Carts" by Sonja Sekely-Rowland
Second Place - Amateur,
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes
Be creative but keep it simple parkrow
"Park Row" by Tony Grey
Third Place - Professional,
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes


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