Patty Mills captured a freezing soap bubble to claim the “Best of Show” prize in the Crossroads Museum’s annual photo contest.
Patty Mills’ bubble burst many times before she got the perfect shot.
The magic moment finally came on a freezing January morning just before dawn, when she captured the photograph “Frozen Bubble,” the Best of Show winner in this year’s Crossroads Museum Photo Contest.
An opening reception for the photo exhibit with awarding of the prizes is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum. Contest entries will be on display through Nov. 12.
Mills, a resident of Grenada, braved a cold morning of about 20 degrees to get the shot.
“I had seen something online about a photographer who lived up north who wanted to try this with their child,” she said. “She had step-by-step of how to do it. I tried several times and it just wasn’t quite cold enough, even though it was below freezing. If there was wind, it wouldn’t work. If the sun was up, it wouldn’t work.”
On this particular morning, about 6:30 or 7 a.m., a few of the soap bubbles began to freeze with crystals creeping up the sides of the dome, and Mills was ready with camera in hand.
The recipe for the bubbles involved dishwashing soap, water and a bit of Karo syrup.
Mills, who considers herself “a serious hobbyist,” captured the shot with a Canon EOS 40D.
Museum Executive Director Brandy Steen enjoys seeing the variety of work submitted each year.
“You get to see how good some of these photos are,” she said, “and I hope it is inspiring to others that would like to start taking photos.”
The contest, a fundraiser for the museum, drew 164 photos from 31 different individuals.
“Still life and people were our two biggest categories this year,” said Steen. “Still life was a hard category to judge.”
The frozen bubble photo continues a trend of closeups winning accolades from the panel of judges, which included a professional photographer, an amateur photographer and a graphic designer/marketing manager.
The other winners are:
People: First - “I Hate Weddings” by Mark Boehler; second - “Ink” by Jonah Holland; third - “Outside My Window” by Bill Avery; staff pick - “Butterfly” by Ramon Pineda
Vacations: First - “Mehane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem” by Marty McLendon; second - “Circle of Friends at the Beach” by Rebecca Parent; third - “Capturing Mount Rainier” by Cheryl Meints; staff pick - “The Colors of Fall” by Susanne Cooper
Still life: First - “Memorial Light” by Mark Boehler; second - “Mississippi Delta Sunrise” by T. Lowry Wilson; third - “Hope” by Jonah Holland; staff pick - “The Killing Frost” by Joey Wilder
Pets, animals and wildlife: First - “Alligator Reflection” by Cheryl Meints; second - “Fresh Catch” by Torrance Pollard; third - “I Ate The Whole Thing” by Cheryl Meints; staff pick - “Noisy Neighbor” by Joey Wilder
Close-ups: First - “The Pollinator” by Don Meints; second - “Locust Leaving Shell” by Gina Wallace; third - “Mushroom Togetherness” by Cheryl Meints; staff pick - “Shadows of Light” by Jake Wadkins
Hometown teams: First - “Hold Me Back” by Steve Beavers; second - “Tay’s Play” by Steve Beavers; third - “T Sea” by Steve Beavers; staff pick - “Untitled” by Anson Keith