Red, white and blue were the primary colors of hundreds of entries submitted in American Profile’s second annual “My America” Photo Contest. The Stars and Stripes was photographed on flagpoles and front porches, during Memorial Day services and Fourth of July parades, and emblazoned on everything from a rodeo horse to hot-air balloons.
Other popular subjects were barns and bald eagles; the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls; children and pets; cowboys and American Indians; fishermen and firefighters; and the Empire State Building and Arlington National Cemetery.
Picking three winners from more than 1,000 entries was difficult, but ultimately staff members selected a photo submitted by Stefanie Nordberg of Polson, Mont., as the first-place winner. She will receive $500.
“After visiting my parents in Charlo, Montana, in May of 2006, I drove down Leon Road toward Highway 93 when I had to stop to photograph their neighbor’s barn,” Nordberg says. “The lighting seemed awesome, the colors were crisp, and I have just fallen in love with this photo.”
The $250 second-place prize was awarded to Harold Ogden of Tahlequah, Okla., for his photograph of Stone Lagoon School, a historic one-room schoolhouse that now houses a museum near Orick, Calif. Coincidentally, Odgen won first place in last year’s contest.
The $100 third-place prize went to Brent Young of Pleasant Grove, Utah, who sent in a photograph of a beaver pond in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Young also received an honorable mention for another entry. Both photos are on page 10.
Other honorable mentions were awarded to Kasey Warren of Brighton, Tenn.; Jared Shoaf of West Newton, Pa.; William Michael Peterson of Weatherford, Texas; Elizabeth Garrity of Harvard, Ill.; Sandi Danna of Dallas, Texas; Jeanne Nations of Ely, Nev.; Connie L. Wanner of Willmar, Minn; and Steven Jennings of Washington Court House, Ohio.