With his right hand, he grips her left arm as both fall through the sky. In "Come Join Us," the man and woman smile as they look up, the ground seemingly a mile below them.
In the unpeopled "Civic in Motion," a silver Honda Civic appears to make a fast turn before an urban backdrop – a scene from an action movie or maybe television commercial.
The lone bicyclist in "Lisbon Tile Walls" tools along a traffic-free city highway, surrounded by walls covered with multicolored, vertical strips of tile.
Today is the last day for shutterbugs and others who appreciate photography to take a look at these photographs – the top three winners in the best in show category of the Champaign County Camera Club 2008 Best in Show Print Competition – as well as others entered in the contest.
They will remain on view at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana until roughly 2 p.m. At 1 p.m., contest judges Brian Johnson, Brad LaPayne and Chuck Mercer will discuss during a one-hour public critique the good and the bad about the prints in the competition.
This year, 201 amateur photographers entered 519 prints.
"Each of these numbers is the third highest in the seven years of the competition, still very good participation and expression of interest by members of our community," said Hiram Paley, a camera club member.
Best in show winner Hector Mandel of Philo receives for his aerial view of a sky-diving couple a framed 16x 20-inch Larry Kanfer print of his choice, valued at $335.
Second-place best in show winner Benjamin Mentock of Tuscola receives for his "Civic in Motion" $150 in cash. The third-place best in show winner, Clifford Pennington of Urbana, receives $100 in cash for his "Lisbon Tile Walls."
Other best in show winners were Carol Elliott of Urbana for her "Tall Fall Grass," an insect-eye view of ornamental grass, and Marcia K. Smith of Mattoon for "Up Close & Personal," a macro-view of a pink and purple flower. Elliott placed fourth in best in show and first in the nature category, and Smith came in fifth in best in show and first in the general category.
All winners and those who received honorable mentions will receive either gift certificates donated by competition sponsors, or checks. This year, 11 amateur photographers, among them best in show winners Elliott, Mandel, Mentock, Pennington and Smith, received multiple ribbons.
Altogether, there were eight categories: people, manipulated, architecture, nature, general, University of Illinois campus, youth division and animals.
The Champaign County Camera Club was founded in November 1935 on the UI campus. For more information, visit online www.champaigncountycamera club.org or check out the Urbana Free Library Archives.