Two photographers have taken top honors in the People’s Choice category during the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll held Saturday, January 13.
In the “Beauty of Lili`uokalani Gardens” art exhibit at the Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Stephen Davies returned to photography after a 30 year absence. This is the first contest he has entered.
“My first camera was a Nikon F,” Davies said. “I worked with Michael Janis in Honolulu doing commercial fashion photography in the 1970s.”
After a career in the mental health field, Davies moved to Hawai`i Island in 1998.
“I shoot with micro four-thirds cameras made by Olympus and Panasonic. Most of my work is colorful close-up abstract nature shots. I have a love for Lili`uokalani Gardens and kept returning to this bridge.”
An addition this year was a separate ballot box in the photographers’ exhibit located at the Hilo Bay Café. “Path of Reflections” by Jared Goodwin won People’s Choice in the photography category. This image graces the cover of the 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens calendar, a competition judged by professional photographer Charles Wood.
The same image was recognized by art judge Darrell Orwig for first honorable mention in the art competition. Goodwin’s work is on display at Banyan Gallery.
For People’s Choice, Davies was awarded a $300 gift certificate from Akamai Art Supply in Kailua-Kona. Godwin took home a $100 certificate from Cunningham Gallery and Picture Framing in Hilo.
The second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll attracted an audience of 1,000 to six venues throughout Waiakea peninsula. The event is sponsored by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens, Banyan Gallery, Suisan Fish Market, Hilo Bay Cafe, Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Grand Naniloa Hotel, Akamai Art Supply, Cummingham Gallery, and Paradise Helicopters.
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