Captured while kayaking on Lake Allatoona, Cartersville resident Kodie Lentz’s image took first place in last year’s Explore Georgia Amateur Photo Contest.
“I wanted to enter the photo contest at the expo because a friend of mine — Cindy Stipe, who sells her wonderful Lunatique jewelry at the expo — had entered in a previous year and told me I really needed to enter my photo because she loved it so much,” Lentz said. “I really didn’t think it would win, so when they called my name for first place I was shocked. All of the photos were great, and I know it could have been any of them to take first place.
“... My photograph was of the dam on Allatoona lake right at sunset. I was in a tandem kayak with my cousin Tyler Dover, and he had the great idea to pull the paddle out of the water for me to snap a picture. The results are a beautiful colored sky with ripples in the lake and streams of water coming off the paddle. I really hope when people look at it, it makes them excited to go explore our beautiful state. I hope it makes people want to go find a place for a nice sunset and really enjoy being outside in the fresh air.”
While this is the fourth year the Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo & Artisans’ Market is presenting a photography contest, 2018 will mark the debut of the competition’s Paw Prints theme.
“We added an amateur photo contest to the Expo three years ago with the theme, Explore Georgia,” said Karon Mauney, owner and coordinator of Northwest Georgia Women’s Expo & Artisans’ Market. “We wanted to encourage outdoor activity and thought this would be a great way to do that. We had photographers from all over the state submit their stunning photos that reflected the beauty of the South.
“We kept the Explore Georgia theme for the first three years, but changed the theme this year in honor of the Etowah Valley Humane Society, our $1,000 recipient. This year’s theme is Paw Prints. Photographers are invited to submit their favorite photo of their [dogs or cats].”
She continued, “I have had an opportunity to talk with Bryan Canty, the ... director of EVHS, several times over the past year. I’m thankful for the good work that they are doing here in Bartow County. I am happy to support their efforts and hope we can bring more attention to the continued needs of the shelter. There will be a donation box at the event for anyone who would like to make their own donation to the Etowah Valley Humane Society.”
The winners will be announced at the expo, which will be presented March 24 at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 Ga. State Route 20 in Cartersville. The event will highlight local businesses and organizations that have an emphasis in women’s health, fitness, finance, food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle.
“While people can be in the photo, the dog or cat(s) should be the main focus of the photograph,” Mauney said. “The Top 20 photos will be digitally displayed at the event on March 24. First, second and third place awards will be given at the end of the day.
“... We wanted to continue the amateur photography contest because it has brought a lot of joy to the photographers who have participated as well as the people who attend the event. This contest has given us a great opportunity to share some wonderful photographs. Many of the photographs come with great stories.”
For more information about the photography contest’s rules, visit the expo’s Facebook page.