Kiowa names calendar contest winners

Scenes depict beauty of Elbert County town

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The Town of Kiowa recently announced the winners of its second annual calendar photo contest. Photos were submitted of landscapes, animals and notable structures around Kiowa, highlighting its rural beauty. The contest is organized by Kimberly Boyd, the town administrator.
 
The 2023 calendar photo winners are:
 
First place (cover) — Susan Sewald
 
Second place (January) — Rachel Powell
 
Third place (February) — Amanda Kelley
 
Calendar photos were chosen for each month. The other selected photographers are:
 
Bonnie Inga (March)
 
Bonnie Inga (March)
 
Susan Sewald (April)
 
Kelly Waldrop (May)
 
Susan Sewald (June)
 
Amanda Kelley (July)
 
Cara Fisher Marcum (August)
 
Claudia B. (September)
 
Heather Juenemann (October)
 
Susan Sewald (November)
 
Tiffany Guynn (December)
 
This year, there were 58 entries to the contest as opposed to last year’s nine. Toward the end of 2022, all 58 photos were given to anonymous judges. Entry names were withheld to maintain the integrity of the selection process.
 
“I was so excited to give the photos over to the judges for consideration and selection this year,” said Boyd. “There were so many entries and they were all really good. That made the selections this year much more challenging. We love to see the love our citizens have for Kiowa, all its beauty, and how they display it through their eyes.”
 
Local resident and Kiowa Schools librarian Susan Sewald had four photos chosen for the 2023 Town of Kiowa Calendar, along with the coveted cover photo spot. Sewald has been photographing various aspects of her life for the past 30 years, taking on more projects as her skills evolved.
 
Currently Sewald works with the Elbert County Fair as the official photographer. She also takes professional photos for aspects of the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo, including their royalty and the Stampede to Read program. She also takes senior portraits for local high school students.
 
“I began taking pictures when my 31-year-old son was a baby. I would take him to get portraits done and he would just cry. So my husband got me an old SLC film camera and I began doing them myself,” said Sewald in an interview from Jan. 9. “If I could do whatever I wanted, I would just go places and take pictures every day. I don’t get around like I used to, so I grab pictures where I can.”
 
The photo chosen as the cover for the 2023 Kiowa Calendar is of Sewald’s 26-year-old mare, Darla. The photo was taken in the summer of 2022 as the sunflowers were blooming in the pasture at Sewald’s home.
 
“She was my daughter’s royalty, 4-H, and rodeo horse. She has been with us since she was 10 years old,” commented Sewald. “She will live out her days in our pasture, which just happened to be filled with sunflowers this summer. She has quite a personality.”
 
To purchase a calendar, please visit the Kiowa Town Hall or Patty Ann’s Cafe. They will be available for $15 while supplies last. All money raised from the calendars goes toward funding future Town of Kiowa events.
 
The Town of Kiowa is currently taking submissions for the 2024 Kiowa Calendar Contest. They are looking for striking images that depict life in Kiowa. Photos can include natural landscapes, wildlife, events, facilities, businesses, architecture, weather or local Kiowa residents. To submit photos, please email them to kiowa@townofkiowa.com by December 2023.
Kiowa, Elbert County, Colorado, calendar, photography

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