PictureMO Winners ‘Catch Fire’

Another three months has flown by, which means it is time to announce another round of winners in the Missouri Division of Tourism’s (MDT) PictureMO photo contest.

Through PictureMO, MDT asks talented photographers to step behind the lens and showcase Missouri. Each quarter, contestants submit photos that fit a different theme and MDT honors the top three from each quarter. Winning photos may appear in the 2014 Official Missouri Travel Guide and may be used in other Missouri Division of Tourism marketing efforts.

This quarter, photographers were asked to focus on the “family fun” theme. And with that, the winners are:

Brian Devero, of Grandview, who earned top honors for his shot, “The Fireball,” taken at this year’s Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival in Independence. While Devero enjoys shooting in both urban and rural settings throughout Missouri, he says the festival provided a new and challenging opportunity for exciting photography.

I brought my camera to the Santa-Cali-Gon festival that evening specifically to try and get some of these carnival ride photos,” he says. “It took me several tries, but this one ended up being my favorite.”

Fireball by Brian Devero of Grandview.

“The Fireball” by Brian Devero of Grandview.

Second place goes to James Edwards, of Arnold, for his shot “Archway Couple.” The shot came from the World’s Fair Pavilion in St. Louis’ Forest Park. Edwards admits the architecture of the building intrigues him, adding the opportunity to shoot it in this unique setting was irresistible.

That day was the first time I had been there during a sunset, and when I saw the colors combined with the long shadows I knew I had to photograph it,” Edwards says. “I asked my sister and her fiancé to stand in the archway so I could capture the moment.”

"Archway Couple" by James Edwards, of Arnold.

“Archway Couple” by James Edwards of Arnold.

Third-place honors went to Rick Smotherman of St. Peters. While he has only been shooting photos for a little more than a year, he said he has developed a passion for early-morning landscape shots, including his “Amazing Sunrise at Fire Lake – 30 second exposure.”

I shoot there frequently, and on this particular morning, I came to understand how the lake acquired its name,” Smotherman says. “It was a still morning. Sunrises can be ephemeral, but this morning seemed to take pause. The water was like glass; the clouds were dramatic and slow moving. It gave me time to experiment a bit.”

“Amazing Sunrise at Fire Lake - 30 second exposure." by Rick Smotherman of St. Peters.

“Amazing Sunrise at Fire Lake – 30 second exposure” by Rick Smotherman of St. Peters.

Congratulations to the winners and remember, if you get a great shot of one of the Missouri’s wonders, submit it to MDT’s Picture Mo Flickr page and find the rules for the contest at the Photo Group Rules Page.

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