Photographers Get Creative With Contest

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
Artistic, framed, color photos of scenic beauty on and around Forbes Lake of the Ozarks Park were on display in the Forbes meeting room on March 23, drawing close scrutiny from landowners and guests as they voted for the best four in each of two categories. There were a total of 31 entries in the Sixth Annual Photo Contest, taken by talented landowner photographers with an eye for the beauties of nature. The majority of photos were close ups of birds, and other local animals in their natural habitats, as well as forested landscapes.
“I believe that this year’s photos were the most beautiful submitted in the six years that this contest has taken place,” said Jack Spicer, Forbes Board member and Contest manager and host. “This contest is held to encourage community participation and gives us a chance to invite our friends and guests to this and other events.”  
Thirty plus landowners and guests attended the free event that began at 4 PM, and included a bounty of home-made hors d’oeuvres for participants to enjoy. For the first time since the photo contest began, everyone was also invited to vote on the best two hors d’oeuvres.
In the past, there were four photo categories involving the four seasons.  This year photos were either associated with “On Forbes Photos,” or Off Forbes Photos.”
There were 27 entries in the On Forbes Photos, and the First Place winner was a picture of a fox, submitted by Jack Spicer. Second place went to a close up of a butterfly, also submitted by Jack Spicer. Third place went to Ellen Julius for her close up of a spider web with a floral background, and fourth place was taken by Jo Berkoff who submitted a photo of foxes peaking over a woodpile.
In the Off Forbes Photos category, there were four entries. Jack Spicer took First Place with his photo of an eagle sitting in a tree.  Ellen Julius won Second Place for her picture of four pelicans, Jack Spicer won Third Place for a photo of another fox, and Linda Brown won Fourth Place for a close up of ice covered needles on an evergreen tree. Jack Spicer received the most overall votes for his photo submissions and was awarded the Grand Prize. 
In the hor d’oeuvres contest, winners were Jo Berkoff (for her pretzels and dip), and Jo Spicer (for her bacon wrapped asparagus. They each won $25.
Prizes for the photos were $50 for the Grand Prize, $25 for First Prize, $15 for Second Place, $10 for Third Place, and $5 for Fourth Place.
Forbes Lake of the Ozarks Park is a private, gated, residential and recreational community located in Benton and Camden counties along Lake of the Ozarks between Truman Dam to the west, and, Bagnell Dam to the east. The Park has over 12,800 acres and spans five miles of shoreline property along the Lake; with four private Lakes dedicated to its landowners. The Forbes office is located at 26506 Gardiner Road, Edwards.