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THE EQUIER


Y’S ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST As the summer heats up here in Maryland, we cannot think of anything better than sitting in a cool spot with this month’s Equiery fl ipping through


pages of fantastic photography from our talented readers. In just our second year of our expanded photo contest, over 200 photographs were submit- ted in fi ve categories with the grand prize winner gracing this year’s August cover. With just the photos to look at, stripped of all photographer and photograph information, our panel of judges spent a week narrowing the entries


down until only one remained as this year’s winner. Along the way, they selected category winners, as well as picking the top Junior, Amateur and Professional photographers. Here on these pages are the 2020 Equiery Photo Contest winners and some of the judges’ favorite photographs. Look for all entries to be posted


on T e Equiery’s Facebook page throughout the month of August and thank you to all who took the time to enter! We look forward to seeing what you create next!


2020 Grand Champion A MARYLAND HORSE COUNCIL PUBLICATION A cover-worthy photograph is more than just a picture. It is a photo-


graph that is both technically correct in color, composition and clarity as well as one that tells a compelling story in a single frame. T is year’s winner does all of the above! T e photograph “Mercury,” taken by Bridgette Daugherty of Berke-


AUGUST 2020 ONE


COMMON VOICE


CELEBRATING 35 YEARS of the MARYLAND HORSE COUNCIL


ley Springs, West Virginia, has deep, rich colors as well as stunning, crisp details from the horse’s eyelashes to the whiskers on his nose. Combine that with an interesting depth of fi eld as the image fades into darkness and the horse intently looking off the page, and you begin to wonder… what is his story? T e image is engaging and as a magazine cover, that is exactly what we are looking for. In addition to being named Grand Champion, this photo also won the Portraits category and Bridgette was named Top Professional Photographer.


The Equiery’s 2020 Annual Photo Contest Grand Champion “Mercury” by Bridgette Daugherty


Reserve Champion Top Junior Photographer


Our judges were nearly split between the pho- to of Mercury and this photo entitled “Poetry in Motion on the Potomac” by Barbara Kirchner Magrogan of Leonardtown. T ose that voted for this photo were attracted to the incredible movement captured, not to mention that feeling of the pure joy of being a kid jumping off her pony into a river on a hot summer day! How- ever, the horse in this photo is clearly not the focal point, which is why “Mercury” ended up winning out. However, this photo was the over- whelming winner of the Farm Life category!


Top Amateur Photographer Katie Reed of Eldersburg is this year’s


Carli Ireland won the Top Junior Photographer for this portrait entitled “Silver Springs.” T e photo was taken at her family’s farm in Westminster and is sim- ply crisp and clean. T e roan’s colors contrast nicely with the lush green fi elds and Carli has captured the horse’s kind eye and expression well.


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Top Amateur Photographer winner with this fun photo entitled “New Hope for 2020.” T e image of New Hope, the youngest resident at Days End Farm Horse Rescue, was in the running for this year’s cover as well. Katie shows great technique in this photograph with beauti- ful colors, an interesting perspective and a picture perfect backdrop with the fuzzy foal standing front and center.


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