BAC announces winners of photography contest

Courtesy photos: Among the winning photographs in this year’s Brookings Arts Council Photography Competition were, above, “It’s Not Fair” by Elicia Holien of Watertown and, below, “Serenity” by Jon Sprang of Brookings. The photos took first and second place, respectively, in the color division.

BROOKINGS – It was a big night for area photographers Jan. 10 as winners were announced in the annual Brookings Arts Council Photography Competition. 

More than 50 people were present as Elicia Holien of Watertown received the first-place designation for her color image titled “It’s Not Fair,” as did Sioux Falls photographer Brenda Stough for her black and white image “In the Fog.”

Both photographers received a $75 check for their first-place awards. 

Second place in the color division went to Jon Sprang of Brookings for “Serenity,” with black and white going to Sherri Stormo of Watertown for “New Department.”  Both received $50 checks for their second-place designation.

Janine Kentfield of Garretson won third place in the color division for her piece “Attitude,” and the black and white winner was Haley Hanson, Badger, with her piece “Camden Market.” Each received a $25 check. 

Honorable mentions went to:

Color: Quin Paledini (Watertown) for “Marked” and Jeff West (Brookings) for “What Remains”   

Black and white: Brenda Stough (Sioux Falls) for “Bleak” and Vickie Prussman (Volga) for “Superior’s Fury”

The online People’s Choice digital submissions competition will continue until 5 p.m. Feb. 1 with the winner announced by Feb. 5.  Go to and click the Fine Art Photography tab to find the drop down item that will take to you to all submissions. 

The public is encouraged to come view the eclectic photography exhibit prior to its closing at 3 p.m. Feb. 1. There is no admission charge. The Brookings Arts Council is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. 

For more information, call 692-4177, email [email protected] or log onto

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