Sun Magazine photo winner takes Kodak prize, too

TWICE HONORED

December 05, 1993

He'd been watching that tree for months. In the summer, the sunlight would seem to flicker through the leaves of the flowering cherry just beyond the front door of his house in Bel Air. As the weather cooled, he studied the changes in the light. By day. By night. He'd waited for the right moment.

"I'd been saying, 'I need to take a picture of that tree' for a long time," says Jack Riggin. "It's something you practice; it's a habit you get into. Constantly, you're looking when you go out to the car, whenever you go, you're looking for a picture. It drives my wife crazy -- I'm always looking."

When he finally stopped looking and photographed the tree, Mr. Riggin had a winner on his hands. The image first won a prize in this magazine's annual photo contest and just recently an award in the Kodak International Snapshot Awards contest, with which Sun Magazine is affiliated.

Mr. Riggin says his moment to shoot arrived one evening after a heavy, wet snowfall.

"The street light was on and it was so beautiful, the way the shadows fell and the way the light looked on the snow." Two neighbors, out for a stroll, helped by posing. He used Tri-X film in his Pentex 6x7, and shot time exposures of four seconds at f-11.

For his "Snowy Evening in Harford County," Mr. Riggin won a $50 Special Merit Award in the KINSA contest last month. The photograph had already won the $250 black-and-white landscape prize in the Sun Magazine contest. It's Mr. Riggin's second snapshot honored by these contests. The first, a picture taken at Rehoboth Beach, won a Sun Magazine prize and a Kodak Special Merit Award in 1989.

"As a photographer, you spend a lot of time in the darkroom," Mr. Riggin says. "It's hard work. It's real nice to be recognized; you feel it's all worth it."

The Kodak judges chose 257 winners from among 1,055 entries. The grand prize winner, Victoria M. Bolling of Auburn, Ala., submitted a color photo called "Sunset on Nannie's Wharf" to the Opelika-Auburn News of Opelika, Ala. She won $10,000.

All of the winning photographs from the KINSA contest will be displayed through Jan. 16 at the National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall, 17th and M streets in Northwest Washington, D.C. Hours at the hall are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and holidays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. For more information, call (202) 857-7588.

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