Trisha Ancell Wins Los Alamos Daily Post Third Quarter Photo Contest

Daily Postcard photo contest winner Trisha Ancell, left, receives her prize money from Los Alamos Arts Council Board President Chris Monteith and Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Patrick Neher. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Trisha Ancell’s photograph of a sunset won this quarter’s photo contest. Photo by Trisha Ancell
Los Alamos Daily Post
Trisha Ancell is the newest winner of the Los Alamos Daily Post photography contest held every quarter.
Her picture of a setting sun and rising moon taken in August caught the judges’ eyes.
Local photographer and judge Dean Carstens said he and his fellow judges Ken Hanson and TK Thompson choose Ancell’s photo because  “….this picture is not your typical sunset photo. It has striking contrasts of color and good composition.”  Additionally, the judges commented that it had that “grab you by your socks look.”
Ancell said winning the contest was unexpected. “I was surprised. I was truly surprised,” she said.
She said she has been taking pictures all her life but since she moved to New Mexico 14 years ago with her husband, Jeff Bloch, she has enjoyed taking pictures of nature and of wildlife. “I just love talking pictures. I take pictures of everything. It’s just fun,” she said.
Ancell said she was walking her dog in Quemazon when she spotted the sunset. She said she thought the colors of the clouds and moon poking through them were pretty so she pulled out her camera.
The photo contest was started when Los Alamos residents Robert and Ann Wells established a fund at the Los Alamos Arts Council. The purpose of the fund is to award a prize of $100 to the photographer who submits the best photo of the quarter published in the Los Alamos Daily Post. The three judges select the quarterly winner without knowing the names of the entrants.
Ancell said she plans to use her prize money to continue her art. She said she was going to use it to purchase a new flash.
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