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Photo by Jim Muchlinski Jennifer VanKeulen of rural Marshall won top honors in the 2021 Marshall Area Fine Arts Council Photo Competition. She grabbed a cropped photo that showcases a horse’s face.

MARSHALL – A roadside photo opportunity 10 years ago has become a 2021 award-winning photo for Jennifer VanKeulen.

She photographed a group of horses standing along a fence. A photo of two horses was then cropped into a portrait of a horse’s face and became a decoration at VanKeulen’s farm in rural Marshall.

This year, she decided to enter the photo in the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council’s annual photo competition. She was named Best of Show and also ranked first among all photos in the category. “Rule of thirds”.

“I am honored that he was chosen” said VanKeulen. “There were very good entries for the talented photographers competition. It’s great to see MAFAC recognize us.

VanKeulen has participated in photo contests before and got an honorable mention in a contest in the Twin Cities. She took senior photos for students in the Marshall area. She also took pictures for the Marshall Youth Hockey Program.

She works at Hamilton Funeral Home and the YMCA of the Marshall Region. She takes time off taking pictures for others in order to become a life coach, but enjoys researching interesting photo subjects,

She enjoyed taking the winning photo, as well as the editing process which led to a cropped photo that showcases the horse’s eyes, mane, and a tuft of hair on its face.

“I found the horses by chance”, said VanKeulen. “I had my camera and immediately decided to photograph them. They were beautiful animals.

MAFAC President Cathy Schlagel said VanKeulen’s horse photo stood out as a skillful approach to an everyday subject.

“I like its simplicity and its balance,” Schlagel said. “Sometimes a simple subject leads to great photos.”

The MAFAC photo competition is in its 20th year. It was judged this year by Chelbi Welvaert, owner of Chelbi Lyn Photography in Marshall.

Charles Freiss received two awards in the competition, placing first in the “To explore” category for a titled entry “Field of cones” and second in Rule of Thirds for a photo of Camden State Park.

Jan Loft took second place for Explore with a photo titled “Don’t worry, it’s art” a street scene photo from his travels in Eastern Europe.

Denise Weedman won the People’s Choice Award for the photo “Custer Buffalo Park”.

The competition entry pool will remain on display until next Friday at the MAFAC Arts Center on North Third Street in downtown Marshall. Schlagel said the competition is a popular annual tradition for MAFAC.

“It’s a way to showcase the region’s photographers”, she said. “We always receive a nice variety of contest entries. Visitors love to see what they create.

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