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MDA is pleased to announce the winners of its second annual photo contest exclusively for MDA dentist and student members. The contest had a total of 103 outstanding entries from 32 members, including two dental students. Thanks to all members who participated!

This year's judges were Dr. Jim Nail, MDA Editor; Dr. Joe Sokolowski, MDA President Elect; Dr. Elwood Rice, MDA Foundation Chair; Greg Russell, MDIS Executive Vice President; and Vicki Wilbers, MDA Executive Director, who each commented about the outstanding quality of the images and difficulty in choosing only two images from each category.

First place winners will be featured throughout the year (in random order) on the cover of Focus.

 

 

Category Winners

Human Interest
This category included pictures of people in all walks of life and doing all types of activities ... individuals, couples and families, babies and children, young and old.

  • First Place: Chinese Opera Performer by Dr. John Killip
    Kansas City / Retired UMKC Faculty / UMKC School of Dentistry, 1968

  • Runner Up: Eye to Eye the Hard Way by Dr. Terrence Bond
    Kirkwood / General Practice / University of Illinois at Chigaco, 1984

Travel & Place
This category included pictures that express the adventures of travel. It included outdoor scenes, but also people, details and other subjects you might encounter while traveling. The main purpose for photos in this category was to express a sense of place—something unique to a travel experience.

  • First Place: Zion Narrows by Dr. John Freeze
    Cape Girardeau / General Practice / UMKC School of Dentistry, 1979

  • Runner Up: Chapel of the Rock by Dr. Terrence Bond
    Kirkwood / General Practice / University of Illinois at Chigaco, 1984

Outdoor Beauty
This category showcased outdoor beauty and Included pictures of nature and the outdoors ... of land, sea or sky.

  • First Place: Fire in the Hole by Dr. Don Fuchs
    Cuba / General Practice / UMKC School of Dentistry, 1975

  • Runner Up: Desert Falls by Dr. John Freeze
    Cape Girardeau / General Practice / UMKC School of Dentistry, 1979

Digital Darkroom
This category was to exclusiviely showcase digital manipulation and included photos alterated with software like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Entries must have included the image before and after alteration.

  • First Place: October at the Zoo by Dr. David Vreeland
    Manchester / Endodontics Practice / UMKC School of Dentistry, 1979 / Ohio State University College of Dentistry 1984

  • Runner Up: Waino is Bueno! by Dr. Terrence Bond
    Kirkwood / General Practice / University of Illinois at Chigaco, 1984

All Creatures Great & Small
Insects, Birds, Fish, Mammals ... any picture of a wild or domesticated member of the great animal kingdom was included in this category.

  • First Place: Big Cats by Dr. Sam Kallsnick
    Lee's Summit / General Practice / UMKC School of Dentistry, 1975

  • Runner Up: Lone Gray Wolf by Dr. Terrence Bond
    Kirkwood / General Practice / University of Illinois at Chigaco, 1984

Uniquely Missouri
This category was to showcase the Show Me State .. its people, places, things and events that are unique to Missouri.

  • First Place: The Arch Illuminated by Dr. David Vreeland
    Manchester / Endodontics Practice / UMKC School of Dentistry, 1979, Ohio State University College of Dentistry 1984

  • Runner Up: Jesse Hall by Dr. Francis Otradovec
    Columbia / Retired Periodontics Practice / UMKC School of Dentistry, 1973 and 1977

Contest Prizes & Sponsors

A $150 cash prize, sponsored by MDIS, will be awarded to winners in each category and a $50 Lands' End Business Outfitters will be awarded to each category runner-up to use for purchasing MDA apparel items from Lands' End Business Outfitters or other items from their family of online stores. Thanks to these sponsors!

The Fine Print

The contest is free to enter and open to any Missouri Dental Association member, including student members. The member submitting the entry must be the sole owner of the copyright of the image(s) submitted. Photos will be credited to the member named in the entry form.

Members may submit one entry per category, for a total of six entries per member.

Photos may be submitted in color or black and white, but photo manipulation beyond basic editing (such as light/color balance and cropping) is discouraged. If you do manipulate your photo, please note the digital techniques used in the description of your photo.

Photos must have been taken since Jan. 1, 2012. Photos may be vertical or horizontal in orientation. Note: If a winning photo's orientation needs to be cropped to fit the Focus cover, the uncropped version will be placed inside the issue.

Photographers retain the copyright to their photographs; however, winning entries may be selected for use in other Missouri Dental Association communications (print, website, social media), without any fee or other form of compensation. Winners agree to have their photograph used on the cover of the MDA Focus magazine (issue date selected will be determined by MDA staff). In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to the MDA is contested in any manner, the MDA retains the right to disqualify that photograph from the contest.

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