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3 up and coming photographers win awards

Winners of the Andalusia Public Library’s second annual teen photography contest were announced recently.

APL showcased the imagination, talent and creativity of local teens, Children’s librarian Caryl Lee Jackson said.

Shown are winners of the second annual Andalusia Public Library photography contest. Grace Spears, center, took home first place; Ethan Hurst, left, won second place and Ashley Spears won third place.

“In honor of The Big Read, the prints reflected scenes from the books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,” Jackson said.

Seventeen-year-old Grace Spears won first place with her photograph, “Abandon Ship.”

Spears said she loves photography because you don’t forget anything.

“It captures the moment,” she said.

Second place went to 13-year-old Ethan Hurst for his untitled work.

“My mom got me interested in photography,” he said. “She took me out to the pond in our back yard and let me take it how I wanted to.”

Thirteen-year-old Ashley Spears took home the third place with her photograph, “Serenity.”

Ashley Spears said she enjoys photography because “a picture is worth a 1,000 words.”

Jackson said the winning photos were judged by local business owner and photographer Bob Brooks, and the winners were based on the overall quality of the photograph, presentation, originality, color and general interest.

Grace Spears received a $100 saving bond and the others received $50, which were donated by CCB Community Bank.