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Bethany Resident Wins Photography Contest

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Spiritual Splendor by Lew Hann
“Spiritual Splendor” by Lew Hann

Congratulations to Bethany Resident Lew Hann who was just selected as a winner of the annual Washington-Centerville Library “Beyond Point and Shoot” photography contest. Lew won in the travel category. The picture (at left) is titled Spiritual Splendor and was taken inside St. Mary’s Basilica in Krakow, Poland.

“It’s a picture of the main sanctuary,” explains Lew. “The altar is at the bottom of the picture. I used an extreme wide-angle lens. So not only can you see the altar straight ahead, you can also see straight up into the crossbeam in the ceiling. The whole picture is a sweep from the horizontal to the vertical. It’s only one picture… it’s not a panorama and there is no trickery. It makes for a pretty startling image.”

Lew isn’t new to the “Point and Shoot” contest. In 2013, he won in the best adult category for his photo titled “Reflection Lake at Sunset,” which was taken on the campus of Bethany Village.

Even with his past success in the Centerville-Washington contest, among others,  Lew says he is always surprised to win awards for his work.

Lew Hann at Home

“I entered [the library contest] in three different categories,” admits Lew. Travel probably has a broader appeal to everyone. Spiritual Splendor is more of a calendar photo. It doesn’t have a strong composition, which I regret, but it was hard to do much other than just get that whole thing in! I think the image just overwhelms you and that was enough apparently!” Lew concludes.

The Washington-Centerville library will host a special exhibition of all the “Point and Shoot” contest winners beginning Sunday, November 1 starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Centerville Police Headquarters, 155 W. Spring Valley Road, in Centerville, Ohio. The gallery is open 24 hours a day and the photos will remain in place for one month.

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