First Place Stewart Carlson
“I was holding on to the camel I was riding with my le; hand and shooting with my
right hand,” says Journeay, a self-described
enthusiastic amateur photographer. He was a
little worried about dropping his camera,
because camel saddles, it turns out, don’t have
stirrups. But, he says, he “had a good feeling”
about the shots he was getting.
When he viewed them later, he was
stunned. “I have taken lots of nice photos in
my life,” says Journeay, owner of Grovewood
Investments, a construction company in
Houston. “;is was the best shot of them all.
;ere’s no Photoshop touch-up at all. It just
didn’t need anything.
“My wife, who is also an avid photographer, happily used my $1,000 prize money to
upgrade my camera. I like it, because now we
have two nice cameras to shoot with.”
Boca Raton, Florida
A moment of anticipation
WHEN YOU'VE BEEN in the ;re department for more than 35 years, you get pretty
good at thinking and acting quickly. Kerry
Koen, who retired from his position as Delray
Beach, Florida’s ;re chief and settled in Boca
Raton with his wife, hasn’t lost the instinct.
;e 67-year-old was visiting his daughter
in Virginia when he saw some motion out of
the corner of his eye. “My grandson was
heading toward the storm door, excited about
something that was outside,” says Koen,
whose interest in photography began in high
school. “I just wheeled around and took a
pretty quick shot.”
He later cropped the photo, and the pic-
ture was transformed from a rather ordinary
shot into something he feels has almost a
“Norman Rockwell” quality. “;ere’s some-
thing timeless about the shot, and his sense of
anticipation of what was outside,” says Koen.
“What was he waiting for? Who will ever
know what was going through his mind?”