Madison Bicentennial

Seymour man wins
Bicentennial Photo Contest

His time-exposure photo of
Madison's Main Street earns him $200



(March 2009)

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Chad Schafer of Seymour, Ind., won $200 for his entry in the Madison Bicentennial Photo Contest, sponsored by RoundAbout Madison. Schafer's time exposure night shot of Madison's Main Street buildings won over the judges, who had to select the winners from 78 images.
Schafer is an electronic technician with Valeo Sylvania in Seymour who only recently became interested in photography as a hobby. He bought a Canon Rebel XT a couple of years ago and decided to enter the contest.

Chad Schafer
Chad Schafer

"I saw the contest entry in the RoundAbout, so my wife and I drove down to Madison in December to have dinner and take some pictures," said Schafer, 29.
"I had planned on taking some night shots of the lights on the buildings on Main Street, but the lights were not on, so we decided to shoot the street scene."
Schafer recently placed second in the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge's photo contest with a shot of a hummingbird. Asked how he captured a photo of a hummingbird, he replied: "Patience."
Husband-and-wife photographers David and Nina Campbell of Madison earned second and third place, respectively. David collected $100 for his unique view of the corner of the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. Nina earned $50 for her night photo of the Broadway Fountain. Nina's second of three entries – a park bench along Madison's riverfront, was selected as one of five Honorable Mentions.

Madison Bicentennial Photo Contest Winner of Main Street

Photo by Chad Schafer

Chad Schafer's time exposure night photo of
Madison's Main street won first place.

David & Niina Campbell
David & Nina Campbell

The other Honorable Mentions are as follows:

• “Delta Queen, taken by Laura Hodges of Madison, Ind. She captured a closeup of the paddlewheeler as it docked in Madison.
• “Crystal Beach,” taken by Carol Wilhelm of Madison, Ind. Her photo features a kid on the slide at Madison Parks’ Crystal Beach swimming pool.
“Madison Regatta Parade Float,” taken also by Wilhelm. She captured a lively float as it rolled down Main Street during the Madison Regatta Parade.
• “Clifty Falls Trail,” taken by Jill DeAtley of Madison, Ind. Her colorful fall photo shows a Clifty Falls hiking trail with a rock overhang.

The Photo Contest began in September and ended Dec. 31. All photos had to have been taken in 2008. The images will be used by the Bicentennial Committee. The Madison Bicentennial Committee and contest sponsor RoundAbout Madison would like to thank the judges for their help in selecting the winners and Honorable Mentions. The entries were judged Feb. 5 by Jan Vetrhus, Bicentennial Committee Chairperson; Camille Fife, owner of The Westerly Group; Don Ward, editor-publisher-owner of RoundAbout Madison; Steve Rizzo, owner of Hanging Rock Photography; and Matt Hicks, photographer and owner of Woodshop LLC.

• Don Ward is the editor, publisher and owner of RoundAbout. Call him at (812) 273-2259 or email him at: Don@RoundAboutMadison.com.


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