Jumping for joy (and cash) in Edmonds

Photomarathon’s winning photo is ‘Marvelous’
By Brian Soergel | Nov 02, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Stone Andrea Stone took first place in the Photomarathon’s “Marvelous” category with help from her son, 16-year-old Luka. It also was awarded best of show.

Local photographers once again showed how talented they are during the 10th annual Photomarathon.

To participate in the contest, photographers could use a digital camera or smartphone. Those who entered were given certain topics to interpret within a time limit. In this case, six topics were announced at 10 a.m. and posted online.

Participants could start at any time, and had until 4 p.m. to take one photo for each topic and submit their entries by email. All photos – taken with digital cameras or smartphones – had to be shot in Edmonds the day of the contest.

Awards were announced Oct. 21 at the Foundation for International Services. All photos were on display at the event, and those who attended the exhibit were allowed to vote on their favorite as well, for a People’s Choice.

Andrea Stone, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, won that honor, and $500, for her photo of a young man doing a backflip at Brackett’s Landing South with the ferry in the background. The photo also took first in the “Marvelous” category.

The young man in the photo is Stone’s son, 16-year-old Luka. The Edmonds-Woodway High School junior has been a competitive gymnast for the past 10 years. He trains at Cascade Elite Gymnastics in Mountlake Terrace.

“I wasn’t sure what to do with the theme ‘Marvelous,’ but upon reflection, I thought of my kids, Luka and Bella,” Stone said. “They are both competitive gymnasts at Cascade Elite Gymnastics in Mountlake Terrace. ‘Marvelous’ made me think of Marvel superheroes, and that led me to think of the way that gymnasts seem to defy gravity. On the morning of the photomarathon, Luka was available and was willing to come down to the beach with me to take some photos.”

For the photo, which Stone took with her Nikon D250, she wanted to frame the ferry underneath the backflip, and it took several attempts to get it right.

That she did.

“The grand prize photo got my attention because of the timing, with the young man leaping with the outgoing ferry perfectly aligned beneath him,” said judge Janet Jensen of Jensen Graphics.

“It showed a great deal of creativity by the photographer. For a great photo, I’m looking for creative interpretation of the theme, composition and the quality of the image.”

“Proving once again that this competition is not your ordinary photography contest, relying on spontaneous creativity as a special element, we had two teenagers in the top 12,” said Pat Thorpe of the Rotary Club of Edmonds, which sponsors the event.

The $25 registration fee, for individuals or for teams of up to four, benefited the Rotary’s community service projects. All winning photos from this year and previous years can be viewed at www.edmondsphotomarathon.com.

2017 Photomarathon themes and winners


Andrea Stone
Chip and Joanne Cummings, honorable mention



Diana Scheel
Dawn Adix, honorable mention



Frances Vanderbeck
Amy Troyer, honorable mention



Amy Troyer
Dave Gallagher, honorable mention


What happened?

Noah Duggan Erickson
Doug Subcleff, honorable mention



Diana Scheel
Austin Goodnight and Ethan Lee, honorable mention


Best of Show

Andrea Stone, for "Marvelous"


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