VINCENNES — In what is usually a May event, the National Park Service announced the winners of the digital photography contest held annually with the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous. Traditionally, the National Park Visitor Center is the check-in location for people submitting photos. With restrictions on numbers of visitors inside the building during the holiday weekend, a decision was made to hold the contest later in the summer and allow entries to be emailed in. The entrance fee was also waived for this year and additional categories were added to allow for more photographers under 15 to participant. Submissions for the contest occurred during a two-week period in late August.
The winners of this year’s event are:
Best Military (Youth Division): First Place – Emmanuel Ralston, Evansville; Runner up – Geovanni Ralston, Evansville.
Best 18th Century Fair (Youth Division): First Place- Adison Giesler, Bloomfield.
Best Military: First Place – Mike Myers, Washington; Runner Up – John Henderson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Best 18th Century Fair: First Place – John Henderson, Milwaukee; Runner Up – Tom Johnsons, Vincennes.
Best People of Rendezvous: Dana Gagnon, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sharon Dixon, Vincennes.
Best Human Interest: Dana Gagnon, Cincinnati.
Best in Show: First Place – Mike Myers, Washington.
Winners of these categories win $25, a trophy, and free access to next year’s Rendezvous event. Runners-up also win free access to next year’s event. Prizes were donated by the Vincennes Historical & Antiquarian Society and the Spirit of Vincennes. The photos are available for viewing on the George Rogers Clark NHP Facebook site.