Kendal R. Miller of Dillsboro, Ind. received two first place awards in the 2017 Woman’s Press Club of Indiana (WPCI) Communications Contest. The awards ceremony was held at Rising Star Casino Resort on June 3. Members across the state of Indiana attended along with students who won WPCI scholarships.
In the WPCI communication contest, Miller received a first place in the Photography & Graphic: Single Photo, News or Feature category with her entry titled Memorial Day Service, Ohio County Courthouse. An entry in the Single Photo, General Category titled, Along the Parade Route, Navy Bean Festival, also won first place.
Both first place awards advanced to the National Federation of Press Women’s (NFPW) Communications Contest. Miller’s entry Memorial Day Service, Ohio County Courthouse placed second at the national level.
While national judges’ names were not disclosed, all winners received feedback about their winning entries.
“This well-composed photo conveys emotion. By focusing on the subjects’ faces, the viewer is able to connect with the image and can almost hear the subjects singing. The flags in the background seem to surround the subject and make the viewer immediately award of the sense of patriotism at the event. The way this photo is cropped gives the sense of a much larger crown that has participated. I like how this photo makes a strong connection to the viewer,” said Miller’s judge who selected her photo as a national winner.
An award-winning professional photographer, Miller’s work is recognized as part of the Indiana Artisan Program, one of over a dozen state photographers whose work has received this status. She is also a multi-award winning Indiana Lt. Governor Hoosier Women Artist, recognized in 2016, 2015, 2014, and in 2012.
Other WPCI members who won national awards included Elizabeth Granger, Natalie Hoefer, and Viv Sade of the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne areas. Marion Garmel of Indianapolis won a first place at the state level.
A ceremony to recognize the national winners will take place in Birmingham, Alabama in September.
Miller is a resident of Ohio County and serves as executive director of Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism in Rising Sun.