I was delighted to get a letter from Kodak announcing that the judges in the Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards contest had picked three winners from the Sun Magazine's entries. Rhonda Schwarz won a $250 Honor Award in the people category for "Drywaller," and Joelle Morris and Charles Jing each won a $50 Special Merit Award for their photos, "Cool Down" and "The Sea" respectively. We might have come away with at least one more award, but the grand prize winner in the magazine's contest, Clifford Gwinn, couldn't bear to part with the original negative of his daughter. (Kodak doesn't allow duplicates for its entries.) And Elmer Ritter, another of our winners, was out of town on vacation during our judging. When he finally got my congratulatory letter, it was too late for him to send in his entry to Kodak.
If you're interested in seeing the winning KINSA photos -- all 257 of them -- they're on display relatively close by. The exhibit, open to the public, runs through Jan. 5 in the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall in Washington, D.C.