Plaza Lights Shine on PictureMO

2013 really flew by and so did the fourth quarter’s PictureMO photo contest, sponsored by the Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT). That must mean it’s time to announce our winners!

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.

For quarter four, photographers were asked to focus on the “nightlife and entertainment” theme. And with that, the winners are:

Brian Devero (@bdevero): from Grandview, Brian took both first and second place with two very different photos at the same location that truly captured the quarter’s theme.

In first place, “Place Lights 2013” was taken at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City:

"Plaza Lights 2013,"  by Brian Devero
“Plaza Lights 2013,” by Brian Devero

“The Plaza Lights 2013 photo was on a night that I was going to be out shooting photos of relatives, but happened to have some free time beforehand. The weather was nice so I made my way to the plaza. I walked around a bit without much luck and was heading back to my car, when I stopped to cross the street, looked back and saw this great view. I set up my tripod right on the street corner and took a few shots. This was my favorite.” -Brian Devero

In second place, “The Firebreather,” (also by Devero and at the Country Club Plaza) was taken at the WaterFire festival that is held annually in October:

"Firebreather," by Brian Devero
“Firebreather,” by Brian Devero

“This was a great evening with some very unique photo opportunities…I just happened to stop at a spot right in front of where Rythmic Flames was getting ready to perform.” -Brian Devero

Rick Smotherman (@Rick Smotherman): from St. Peters, Rick snagged third place with his photo “Fall Reflections!” Taken at Busch Wildlife, Lake 34, the shot really captures the beauty and colors of fall in Missouri:

"Fall Reflections!" by Rick Smotherman.
“Fall Reflections!” by Rick Smotherman.

“I love hiking and taking photos early in the day. It’s not unusual for me to arrive at my chosen location before dawn. This particular morning was quite foggy and I had already been shooting at several locations inside Busch Wildlife. By the time I arrived at Lake 34, the fog had mostly burned off. What struck me about this location was the glass-like quality of the water and the clarity of the reflections. It is truly a joy to be a part of such beauty!” -Rick Smotherman

Congratulations to the winners of quarter four and to all the winners in 2013. With the photos submitted, it’s obvious it was a beautiful year.

Make sure to check out the 2014 PictureMO Contest Rules and Themes and remember to join the PictureMO Group so that you may upload your 2014 “Arctic Vortex” themed Missouri photos for the first quarter.

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