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And the winner is …

August 13, 2014

Bert Dennison’s, “Storm over Aqueduct,”came in first place in the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce’s Inyo County Photo Shootout. Photo by Bert Dennison

The Chamber of Commerce in Lone Pine announced the first through third place winners for this year’s Inyo County Photo Contest and thanked everyone for their entries. The photographs are used by the chamber to advertise Inyo County.
First place was awarded to Bert Dennison of Bishop. His photograph of “Storm over Aqueduct,” taken just outside of Pleasant Valley Reservoir on Mustang Mesa. He won $300 for his entry. The photograph is a perfect blend of stormy Eastern Sierra weather and water flowing through the valley floor.
As if that wasn’t enough success, Dennison also won second place with “Eureka Dunes.” He received another $100 in prize money. The Eureka Dunes are found in the remote Eureka Valley northwest of Death Valley. They cover an area only three miles long and one mile wide, and according to the National Park Service, they are the tallest sand dunes in California, and possibly in all of North America.
The interesting thing about sand dunes is they represent time and change for many people with their constant shifting lines that peel and zigzag away into the distance in light and shadow. That nature finds a particular spot to lay down sand particles of a particular size and weight to form a sand dune always seems to amaze.
Dennison works at Vons and has been taking photographs most of his life, but especially since 2005. He credits much of his success to taking a photography class with instructor John Wilson at Cerro Coso Community College. He used a Canon 50D DSLR with a wide 10mm zoom lens on the winning Mesa picture.
The third place winner was Peggy Hankin with her photograph, “Evening Bulls,” for which she won $50. Hankin was born and raised in Wilkerson and, after leaving for 35 years, returned several years ago. She uses a Canon Rebel Ti. This was her third time entering the contest; she won third place last year as well.
Asked what she liked about the photograph, she said simply that she liked the reflection. The photograph conveys a wonderful sense of moodiness with dark overcast clouds in both the foreground and background coming over the mountains with a burst of sunlight and clear sky in between.
The photos are on display and for sale at the Visitors’ Center in Lone Pine through Oct. 15.

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