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Texas Forest Trail Region Announces 2014 Photo Contest Winners - September 4, 2014
Submitted by Dana Goolsby


Jonathan Liker of Center, Texas was named the winner of the Best of Shelby County category, sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, and received $250 for his winning entry. Photo taken in Huxley, Texas. 

The Texas Forest Trail Region recently announced the winning photographs for the Summer 2014 “We Pine for East Texas” 3rd annual photography competition.

The contest celebrates the natural, historic and cultural treasures of East Texas to encourage travelers and locals alike to explore this heritage-rich region of Texas. The Trail and its regional partners will use the photos for promotion in publications and social media.

Photographers were challenged to submit original, full-color images that reflect the wonder, uniqueness, and character of the Texas Forest Trail Region, a 35-county area of East Texas. Over 600 hundred photos were submitted to this year’s contest. More than $4,000 in cash prizes is being awarded to winners for their photo submissions showcasing the region.

Members of the Trail’s board carefully sifted through and analyzed the 600-plus submissions and assessed each photo’s content and how well it adhered to the themes, and how well each shot displayed technical excellence. The judges selected one Grand Prize winner ($500), two Blue Ribbon winners ($250), and six Red Ribbon winners ($100).

In addition to the Texas Forest Trail Region’s awards, ten Trail partner organizations sponsored specific categories. These partners included Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Huntsville, City of Palestine, Mount Vernon Main Street Alliance, MYETX.com, Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nacogdoches Main Street, Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Titus County Chamber of Commerce, and Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau.

One week of Fan Favorite voting followed the contest’s closing, in which the public voted daily for their best-liked images. After thousands of votes poured in a Fan Favorite ($150) was selected.

“The Texas Forest Trail Region’s Photo Contest helps expand our photo library and promote travel to and around this region of the state,” said Marty Prince, Executive Director of the Texas Forest Trail Region. “Hundreds of East Texas photographers answered our call with an epic amount of talent and love for the Piney Woods. We are grateful to have received so many incredible images and to have witnessed the level of enthusiasm and interest in the Texas Forest Trail Region generated by the contest. We appreciate every submission and everyone who voted.”

Winning photos and competition entrants can be viewed on the organization’s Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/texasforesttrail .

The Texas Forest Trail Region is a regional tourism initiative developed by the Texas Historical Commission that helps Texans connect with their roots and visitors experience the Texas story. The Texas Forest Trail Region encompasses 35 counties of East Texas including Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Walker and Wood.

For more information, contact Texas Forest Trail Region Executive Director Marty Prince at 936/560-3699 and info@texasforesttrail.com, or visit www.texasforesttrail.com.

Texas Forest Trail Region’s 2014 Photo Contest Photo Contest Honorees

Best In Show

Grand Prize: $500 – Ken Millet
Blue Ribbon: $250 – Luke Mauldin
Blue Ribbon: $250 – Randee Oliver
Red Ribbon: $100 – Larry White
Red Ribbon: $100 – Kristi Thomas
Red Ribbon: $100 – Paul Prosperi
Red Ribbon: $100 – Lee Loveless
Red Ribbon: $100 – Julie Rhone
Red Ribbon: $100 – Tiffany Terry
Fan Favorite: $150 – Alex Shaw

Sponsored Categories

Best of Beaumont, by the Beaumont CVB: $250 – Sue Skinner
Best of East Texas, by MYETX.com: $100 – Grant Barto
Best of Everything Mount Pleasant, by Titus County Chamber: $250 – Grace Garcia
Best of Franklin County, by Mount Vernon Main Street Alliance: $100 – Charles Rutherford
Best of Palestine, by the City of Palestine, Texas: $250 – Jennifer Willard
Best of Shelby County, by Shelby County Chamber: $250 – Jonathan Liker
Best of Tyler, by the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau: $100 – Mark Vidal
Downtown Nac, by Nacogdoches Main Street: $250 – Randee Oliver
Festival Fun, by the Texas Forest Trail Region: $250 – Rhonda Swanson
Historic East Texas, by the Texas Forest Trail Region: $250 – Michael Engleman
Picture Yourself In Huntsville, by the City of Huntsville, Texas: $250 – Tiffany Terry
Spirit of Nacogdoches, by the Nacogdoches CVB: $250- Stacey Plaisance

Honorable Mention

Aaron Gilcrease, Adam Skinner, Alyson Stringer Steakly, Bruce Partain, Danice Kennedy, Eddie Roberts, Erin Boone, Jack Coleman, Janelle Templeton, Joe Pase, Jordan Redfearn, Kristy Felts, Kristy Magnuson, Leah Hamilton-Slider, Lisa Hilbers, Liz Ethridge, Rachel Lout, Rolan Ranido, Sarah Williams, Shelley Petkovsek, Tammy Scates, and Zelma Lias.

Winning photos may be viewed online at www.txforesttrailcontest.com/winners.

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