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May 4, 2021
By Tracy CourageU of A System Division of Agriculture
(483 words)(Newsrooms: with additional art at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVwwipn)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
LITTLE ROCK — Garland County 4-H member Laney Hunter found inspiration for this year’s
4-H photography contest in her four-legged friend.
Her color photo of Daniel, a 1-year-old miniature Dachshund, won Best in Show in this
year’s Ross Photography Contest, sponsored by Arkansas 4-H and the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture.
This year’s state winners, announced May 1, were selected from county winners from
42 participating counties. More than 400 photos were submitted at the county level,
with the county winners advancing to the state competition. Photos depicted Arkansas
scenes or subjects.
"Each year the competition gets better,” said Kerry Rodtnick, extension photographer
and videographer for the Division of Agriculture, who coordinates the annual competition.
“The judges had a hard time narrowing down the winners at the state level, and that's
a good sign. The 4-Hers are embracing the training they are getting from the agents
at the county level."
Hunter, 15, of Hot Springs, has been in 4-H for a decade and became interested in
photography when she was 11.
“That is also the time I started entering my photos in the Garland County fair and
Ross Photography contest,” she said. “My Nana (Annette Walters) is the one who encouraged
me to pursue my passion in photography, and it is because of her that I am now a state
Hunter, who captured the winning photo with her iPhone, also won first place in the
color photography of living things category.
At the state level, prizes were awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners
in four categories. The Best in Show was selected from the category winners:
1st - Laney Hunter, Garland County2nd - Diego Rubio, Cleburne County3rd - Daniel Darnell, Benton County
1st - Daniel Latus, Independence County2nd - Morgan Taylor, Yell County3rd - Elyssa Hefley, Pope County
1st - Emma Goad, Jackson County2nd - Addi Gilkey, Yell County3rd - Diego Rubio, Cleburne County
1st - Colbie Huffman, Craighead County2nd - Drake Saunders, Fulton County3rd - Trinity Guidotti, Carroll County
Laney Hunter, Garland County
The winners received cash prizes, funded by the Arkadelphia-based Ross Foundation.
The late Jane Ross and her mother, Ester Clark Ross, established the foundation, which
administers a philanthropic grants program and manages more than 60,000 acres of timberland,
held for conservation purposes. Jane Ross served in the Women’s Army Corps in the
Army Air Force as a photographic technician. She later operated a photography studio
in Arkadelphia before she assumed the responsibilities of managing the family lands.
The statewide contest is open to 4-H members ages 9-19. Winning photographs can be
viewed on the Arkansas 4-H Photography Facebook Page if you join the Facebook group.
To learn about Arkansas 4-H, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent
or visit. https://4h.uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media contact:Tracy CourageDirector, Communications ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com