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Nashville’s Sky Through My Eye

Mayor's Skyline Photo Contest

During October 2013, Mayor Karl Dean invited all Nashville area photographers – hobbyists and professionals – to take and submit their best picture of the downtown skyline for the chance to win a cash prize and the honor of producing the city’s official skyline photograph.

The winning photographs will be used by the Mayor’s Office, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for promotion of the city, including websites, publications and submission to national media outlets.

Judging was conducted during the fall of 2013 by professional photographers and representatives from the Mayor’s Office, Metro Arts Commission, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Visitors and Conventions Corp.

There were no rules regarding time of day the photograph was taken, perspective from which it was shot or editing used. One submission was allowed per individual. Photographers who take pictures “for fun” and do not get paid for their work were instructed to participate in the hobbyist category. Photographers who get paid for their work, even if on a part-time basis, were instructed to participate in the professional category. The competition was open to all ages.

Winners Selected

In the hobbyist category, the winner was Ryan Maciej and the second-place hobbyist was Tabitha Hawk.

Photo Contest Winner, Hobbyist Category- Ryan Maciej

Maciej shot the winning photo from the Korean Veterans Bridge with a Canon 5D Mark III. He liked the shot because it included Cumberland Park and showed more than just the downtown skyline. An IT healthcare consultant, Maciej has been taking photographs as a hobby for three years. He is a resident of Nashville.

Photo Contest Second Place, Hobbyist Category - Tabitha Hawk

Hawk shot her photo with a Canon 5D Mark II from the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. The General Jackson Showboat just happened by during her photo shoot. She has been shooting on and off since 2006, and she is the owner of Nashville Computer Guru. Hawk is a resident of Nashville.

In the professional category, Leslie Wilkes was the winner and Kerry Woo came in second place.

Photo Contest Winner, Professional Category- Leslie Wilkes

Wilkes has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years, focusing on family portraits and teaching beginner photography classes. He uses a Nikon D800 camera and was on the Korean Veterans Bridge early one morning to capture the winning photo. He also works at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a health systems analyst. Wilkes is a resident of Hendersonville, Tenn.

Photo Contest Second Place, Professional Category - Kerry Woo

Woo has spent the past year shooting photographs professionally and previously worked in search engine marketing. He used a Nikon D7000 and shot the photo from the Bridge Building. He waited two hours before sunset to capture downtown in the moment between daytime commerce and the city’s nightlife. Woo is a Nashville resident.

Honorable mentions in the hobbyist category:

Honorable mentions in the professional category:

First place winners in the hobbyist and professional categories each receive $1,000, generously donated by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Second place winners in the hobbyist and professional categories each receive a $250 gift certificate for in-house photofinishing services at Drury’s.

Winning photographs will be printed courtesy of Chromatics and put on display in the Historic Courthouse. They are also featured in the January issue of Nashville Arts magazine.

For questions, contact Janel Lacy in the Office of the Mayor at (615) 862-6020.

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Sponsored by

Chromatics, Imaging for DecorDury's Office of the Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson CountyMetro ArtsNashville Chamber of CommerceNashville Convention and Visitors Bureau