Courtesy of Rick Hiser

A Gala champagne reception was held Aug. 4 at Crescent Harbor Gallery to officially open the First Annual Photo Show and Competition.

Highlighting of the evening was theannouncementof the winners. Best In Show Award of $1,000, sponsored by the Del Norte County/Crescent City Visitors Bureau,went to hometown photographer Jaylene Brentlinger for her andquot;Dahlia Meditationandquot; color image. Best Of Color award, sponsored by Swanland's Camera of Eureka, was awarded to Carol Baker's image andquot;Puzzled Reflectionsandquot;. Carol was one of many photographers from around the greater region, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Coos Bay, Ore., east to Mt Shasta and the Rouge Valley who entered images for this first annual show.

One hundred forty-six entries were submitted by 67 photographers. The final juried show totaled 84 photographs of all different styles and subject matter.

An image of a andquot;Snowy Egretandquot; by Elden Knauf, was selected the best Black and White, for which he received a $500 check sponsored by The Requa Inn.

A special category, celebratingDel Norte County's150th anniversary, sponsored by The Daily Triplicate, The Del Norte County Historical Society, Rural Human Services and Attorney Gene Schach went to local photographer Betty Depee for her image andquot;Lighthouse Storm,andquot; a photo of Battery Point Lighthouse in storm. This photo was also chosen by those attending the reception for the andquot;People's Choice Award,andquot; a $150 gift certificate from the Swanlund's and the Nikon Corporation.

The photographs will hang in the Crescent Harbor Gallery for the month of August followed by the 3rd Annual Coast Redwoods Art Association 2007 Juried Art Competition to be held the month of September. Contact John Helgeson at 457-9600 or for additional info aboutthe art competition.