Way to go 2018 winner

Judy Colombini, 77, of Fenton won the grand prize with her photograph of a peaceful mountain stream surrounded by evergreen trees during a misty morning in GlacierNational Park in Montana in 2013.

The annual “Way to Go” photography contest, sponsored by Grand Times, Leader Publications’ magazine for seniors, is officially underway.

Jefferson County readers age 50 and older are invited to send in their favorite travel or vacation photographs. One lucky winner, drawn at random from all eligible entries, will take home $200.

The April 11 issue of Grand Times – which will include information about the De Soto Senior Expo on Wednesday, April 17, at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Hwy. E – will include as many entries as space allows.

Last year, Judy Colombini, 77, of Fenton won the grand prize with her photograph of a peaceful mountain stream surrounded by evergreen trees during a misty morning in Glacier National Park in Montana in 2013.

Her photo was selected at random from among more than 100 entries that came from photographers around the county, from veteran shooters to photo newbies.

“We like to day hike, so we were taking one of the trails and came around a bend and saw this. I immediately said, ‘That’s a picture!’”

Colombini has been taking pictures since getting her first camera at about age 13. Now retired, she devotes a lot of time to the hobby, and belongs to both the Jefferson County Photography Club and MONEP (Missouri Nature and Environmental Photography).

She said her focus has always been on nature photography, which dovetails nicely with her interest in travel.

“When (nature photography) has been your major focus for years, it drives you to get out to these places,” she said.

Colombini said she shifted to digital photography about 10 years ago, and it’s not unusual for her to return from a trip with more than 1,000 images.

“It’s fun to go through them, pick out the best ones and end up with a handful of the best,” she said.

The deadline to submit an entry for the contest is 5 p.m. Friday, April 5.

Anyone who entered the contest in previous years is welcome to enter again, but please submit photos from a different vacation for the 2019 contest.

Entries should include the following information:

■ Photographer's name, age, address and phone number.

■ The date and place the photo was taken and by whom.

■ The names of any people in the photo.

Photos can date back to the reader’s childhood or be as recent as last week. Please write a brief note on why the trip was memorable. There is a limit of two entries per person, and only Jefferson County residents are eligible for the prize.

Send entries to: Way to Go, Leader Publications, P.O. Box 159, Festus, 63028. Photos may also be dropped off at the Leader office at 503 N. Second St., Festus, or e-mailed to nvrweakly@aol.com.

For more information about the contest or about the De Soto Senior Expo, call the Leader at 636-931-7560.

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