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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro's first photo contest brought in more than 700 images of the city and its people, including the Big Four Bridge, animals at the Louisville Zoo, and many neighborhood scenes.
"We wanted to reach out to Louisvillians and give them the opportunity to express what makes Louisville special to them, but we wanted them to capture that special feeling a little differently," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news release. "Photos help others see the true beauty and uniqueness of our city."
From Mayor Fischer's office:
This year's youth winner is Claire Hillebrand, age 13, for a photo entitled "Broken Dock." Claire will receive a prize package that includes a Bristol restaurant gift card, tickets to a private suite for a Louisville Bats baseball game, tickets to the Louisville Zoo, a gift card from Quest Outdoors and a pass to the Muhammad Ali Center.
The winner in the adult division is Austin Wilder, for "Another Day Ends." Austin will receive a prize package that includes a Bristol restaurant gift card, tickets to a box at Churchill Downs, a Galt House weekend package and a pass to Metro Parks golf courses.
The Honorable Mention youth recipient is Emily Hamm, age 17, for her photo, "Fireworks." The adult Honorable Mention recipient is Monica Mays for "Louisville Zoo." Both Emily and Monica will receive prizes including a VIP pass for the Waterfront Independence Day celebration and tickets to a Louisville Bats game.
In addition to the prize packages, all of the winners' photos are displayed on the Louisvilleky.gov city website and on Mayor Fischer's Facebook page.
The photo entries were judged by two local professional photographers, Bill Luster a freelance photographer who retired in 2012 after many years with the Courier-Journal, and Jamie Rhodes who takes photos for the Kentucky Derby Festival, Norton Healthcare and other clients.