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Local Man Awarded In Sailing Photography Competition


Keith Wood Received 'Honorable Mention' for Shot of U.S. Naval Academy Sloop Zaraffa

Keith Wood's photograph of the U.S. Naval Academy's sloop Zaraffa won him an Honorable Mention in the St. Mary's College of Maryland Governor's Cup Photography Competition. (Photo: © Keith W. Wood/keithwood.com)
Keith Wood's photograph of the U.S. Naval Academy's sloop Zaraffa won him an Honorable Mention in the St. Mary's College of Maryland Governor's Cup Photography Competition. (Photo: © Keith W. Wood/keithwood.com)

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. (April 22, 2008) - Images as diverse and fickle as the weather won the 2007 Governor's Cup Yacht Race Photographic Competition. The race began with a "washing machine" start and ended in dead calm that was captured by some of the best photographers on the Eastern Seaboard.

Keith Wood of California, Md., took an Honorable Mention for his color photo of the U.S. Naval Academy's sloop Zaraffa, which won the 2007 Governor's Cup. Wood's manipulation of the digital image gives the photograph a unique graphic quality and texture.

Wood notes that his photography work has taken him all over the world, from Iceland to Micronesia and everywhere in between.

Other winners included John Esparolini of Vienna, Va.; John Heng of Fort Mill, S. C. and Singapore; and Jake McGuire of Arlington, Va. St. Mary's College of Maryland sponsors the race and the photography competition. Winning photographs are on display in the Lowe House Office Building of the Maryland State Legislature in Annapolis (6 Bladen St.) through January 2009.

This is the ninth year the College has hosted the competition, which recognizes excellence and creativity in capturing the spirit of the Chesapeake Bay's oldest and longest overnight yacht race. Dozens of photographs were judged.

Judges for the contest were Colby Caldwell and Catherine Dunn from the College's Art Department.

The 2008 Governor's Cup race will take place August 1-2. Registration for the race and photo competition will open in May.

Award Winners by Category:

Color
-- First-Place: Untitled #12, by John M. Esparolini of Vienna, Va.
—Second Place: Untitled #10, by John M. Esparolini of Vienna, Va.
-- Third Place: End. A New Beginning, by John Heng of Fort Mill, S.C.
-- Fourth Place: Untitled #1, by John M. Esparolini of Vienna, Va.
—Honorable Mention: Zaraffa, by Keith Wood of California, Md.
-- Honorable Mention: Untitled #13 by John M. Esparolini of Vienna, Va.

Black and White
-- First Place: Spin It, by John Heng of Fort Mill, S.C.
-- Second Place: The Tough Get Going, by John Heng of Fort Mill, S.C.
-- Third Place: Untitled #4, by John M. Esparolini of Vienna, Va.

Party (color)
-- First Place: Untitled #14, by John M. Esparolini of Vienna, Va.
-- Second Place: Dog Tired: Morning After All Night Race by Jake McGuire of Arlington, Va.

To view the Governor's Cup Photography Competition first-place winning photographs, visit http://www.smcm.edu/news/govcup.

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