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Shoot the Hills 2008 Category Win!

I’d like to announce that I landed a First Place category win in an event called Shoot the Hills this past weekend at Hocking Hills State Park near Logan, Ohio!

Shoot the Hills is an annual photography weekend and competition in the Hocking Hills State Park. The highlight is a 24-hour photo contest. Photographers in three divisions (film, digital point and shoot, and digital SLR camera) compete in five categories in each division: abstract, flora, human interest, landscape and wildlife. Competitors can enter up to six images total in their choice of categories.

My image of a large magnolia tree in full blossom took first place in the digital SLR landscape category. There were approximately 185 photographers in the competition, and collectively we submitted over 1000 images across the categories. The level of skill and knowledge was very high, and seriously raised the bar to produce the best images possible. I’m so thrilled to have the image chosen from so many outstanding entries. Take a look at the winners!

The event was extremely fun (and yes – admittedly – a bit stressful!). Each morning I headed out about an hour and a half before sunrise, and stayed out until well past sunset. I also spent quite a few hours studying maps, contacting the Ohio DNR and chatting with local residents to find the best scenery. There was simply no time to rest! I was constantly on the lookout for great scenery and wildlife.

As it turned out, my winning image was “discovered” only an hour and a half before the end of the time period on Saturday! This beautiful scene caught my eye as I drove past a field someplace between Nelsonville and Zaleski, Ohio. I didn’t know magnolia trees could be so large?

Click on the image below to see its detail:


  1. Beautiful photo and well deserved win. Congrats!!

  2. Gorgeous. I love the wagon wheel. Like something out of the olden days of horse-drawn carriages. Simply gorgeous.

  3. Jim Crotty says

    Congratulations Stacy ! Of all the images I viewed during Shoot the Hills, this one was my personal favorite. Also, very impressive work displayed on your web site portfolio, and thanks for supporting Hocking Hills and making the trip all the way from Illinois.

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