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Walking on the Beach

Judges Select Photos for Bank of Lancaster's 2012 Calendar


(Left to Right): Photo judges Terry Cosgrove, Bill Reckert, Tom Norris, Stephen Kancianic, and Anne-Sophie Marchal.

Bank of Lancaster has proudly served the Northern Neck of Virginia and the surrounding counties since 1930, and the Bank’s family is very appreciative of the beauty found here in our part of Virginia. For the fifth consecutive year, Bank of Lancaster has offered their calendar photo contest to the community. “What better way to highlight the beauty of our area,” stated Kylie Bransford, Bank of Lancaster’s Assistant Vice President and Marketing Officer, “than a calendar featuring scenes of life and beauty found on our creeks and tucked into our landscapes.”

The requirements were horizontal, outdoor-theme photos by amateur photographers. Bransford reports that the enthusiasm from the community was astounding. “There were 211 entries,” she stated, “and all of the photos were absolutely gorgeous.”

Bank of Lancaster solicited the assistance of five local professional photographers to select the winning photos. The judges were Terry Cosgrove, Stephen Kancianic, Ann-Sophie Marchal, Tom Norris, and Bill Reckert.

Terry Cosgrove spent 30 years as a Navy photojournalist documenting the military in both war and peace. His award-winning career was highlighted by tours of duty that included the famed Battleship Missouri, serving as personal photographer to the Secretary of the Navy and leading the elite Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group. At the time of his retirement, Cosgrove was serving as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of Navy Information. His responsibilities included career management of 2500 sailors serving in the Navy’s mass communications career fields. Cosgrove resides on the Northern Neck documenting the beauty of the area and its people. He also owns and operates the coffeehouse and art gallery – The Art of Coffee in Montross.

Stephen Kancianic is a certified professional photographer and owner of Yours Truly Photography in Kilmarnock, a full service photo shop and studio located in the Food Lion shopping center. He is a 2004 Graduate of Philadelphia’s prestigious Antonelli Institute of Photography and a member of The Professional Photographers of America and The Virginia Professional Photographers Association, among others. His photography has been featured in many websites, advertisements, and publications throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Anne-Sophie Marchal has been passionate about photography for a decade. Starting out with her father’s camera then graduating to her own. Commercially, her photography work has included shops and restaurants, and privately, she has photographed weddings to senior portraits.

Tom Norris’ interest in photography began as a teenager and continues unabated over fifty years later. He currently works with both film and digital cameras while editing and printing entirely with computer and digital printer. Norris focuses on nature and landscapes in the old-fashioned style of the 20th Century masters – sharp focus, realistic colors and contrast. His work can be seen at the Rappahannock Art League (RAL) Studio Gallery and Hang-Ups in Kilmarnock.

Bill Reckert worked as a professional photographer for the U.S. Department of Interior, Geological Survey for 18 years. During his tenure with the U.S. Geological Survey, Reckert was on assignment to the Bering Glacier Research Program for a research photographic and video graphic project. Reckert’s photo exhibition entitled, “Views from the Ice Bering Glacier Alaska” has been shown on networks such as PBCC, CNN, and The Discovery Channel. He also served 5 years as Senior Photographer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he provided national field photography and video support for emergency response and recovery operations during major Presidential disaster declarations. He has also taught over 110 photography courses. Reckert resides in White Stone and is currently freelancing.

Bank of Lancaster would like to extend a special thank-you to the judges for taking on a difficult task of narrowing the 211 beautiful photos down to a cover, 12 months and 8 honorable mentions. The winners, along with the judges, will be invited to a celebration reception in December where they will be the first to receive copies of the 2012 Bank of Lancaster calendar. “This calendar,” Bransford stated, “will once again be a true reflection of the beauty here in the Northern Neck of Virginia.”


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