Photographers show off skills

The Tiffin Art Guild gallery was crowded Saturday night at the opening reception and award presentations for the 2013 Photo Prize and Show. Entries were judged by Walt Herip, president and founder of Herip Associates of Peninsula. Herip said the photos submitted “would qualify for hanging in any gallery in the country.”

The winners are:

Best of show, “Set in His Ways” by Adam Knapp.

Best color, “Reflecting Colors of Venice” by Adam Knapp.

Best black and white, “Pavilion Black & White” by Thomas Climes.

Landscape and architecture category, “Cathedral Stairway, Munich” by Dale Owens.

Portrait category, “Take Pause” by Elizabeth Breyley.

General interest category, “Silo Thistle” by James Proffitt.

Honorable mention, “Hummer at Flower” by Robert Hills.

Honorable mention, “In Memory” by Jill Gosche.

“Narrowing down those photographs that demonstrated superior achievement proved a more difficult challenge,” Herip said. “There were more than 25 that vied for the eight awards due to the outstanding quality of the work entered.”

Adam Knapp, who received two awards, lives in Galion but operates a photography studio, Arkphotodesign, in Bucyrus. He shot his best of show entry at the Copper Kettle in Bucyrus, possibly the oldest company in that town. He had arranged to do a portrait of the owner, 97-year-old Helen Picking Neff. While he waited for her to arrive, he went into the workshop and watched a cooper named Rex crafting kettles in the traditional manner.

“What I really like about going to this place, you walk in and it’s like going back in time,” Knapp said. “I thought this (picture) really communicated him, his personality and his tradition … He’s still using his old stool.”

Some of Knapp’s work is on display in Becca House coffee shop in Upper Sandusky. A member of the Tiffin Art Guild saw his work there and encouraged him to enter the TAG competition. He hadn’t entered any shows since college, but he has been taking photographs of various locations in Crawford County to promote economic development in that area.

The photo exhibition is to remain on display through March 30 during regular gallery hours, noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Tiffin Art Guild Gallery is located at 178 S. Washington St. To learn more, visit or call (419)443-0478.