Winner announced for Cayce’s fourth annual calendar contest | Arts & Culture
For the fourth year in a row, numerous Midlands residents submitted photographs that showcased Cayce for the annual citizens’ calendar. Out of 50 submissions, USC professors and Busbee Creative Arts Academy teachers chose 12 winners. Photo buffs all over the Midlands including Columbia, Aiken, West Columbia, Lexington, and Sumter sent in their photos in hopes of being selected for the annual calendar that becomes more popular each year.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
“There’s so much beauty here it's an easy place to take winning photos,” said Mayor Elise Partin.
The first place cover photograph by 34-year Cayce resident Charles Hite features the railroad trestles over the Congaree River at the entrance to Cayce. The railroad trestles drew Hite’s attention even though they have been there for decades.
“The great thing about the calendar photo contest is that it makes you look at old things in new ways,” Hite said. “The trestles have been photographed in the past and even included in the calendar, but not from this particular perspective.”
Hite has submitted photos for the calendar contest for the last four years, but this is the first time he has walked away with first prize. He had a rough start and missed the first year’s contest deadline by one day. Since that time, however, he has had photos chosen for the calendar each year.
As first-place winner for the Cayce calendar contest, Hite was honored at the July city council meeting and receives a $100 prize, a t-shirt, and a copy of the “Reflections of Cayce” poster that hangs in City Hall.
Runners up for the contest, who each have at least one photo featured in the calendar, are: Katie Rush, James McCabe, Jr. (2), Carmen Veal, Gabriel McGee, Stephen Milligan, Victoria Stewart, Brian Ruppel, Ruthann Fox-Hines, Robert Agullo, and Kevin Travis.
All Cayce residents are encouraged to stop by City Hall and pick-up their calendars.
Also, the City encourages residents and non-residents to participate in the annual calendar contest, which occurs every spring, by submitting a photograph that demonstrates what Cayce means to them. More information and deadlines will be posted on the City of Cayce website: www.cityofcayce-sc.gov.