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Walking on the Beach

Judges Select Winning Photos for the 2013 Calendar


(Left to Right): Photo judges Terry Cosgrove, Stephen Kancianic, Charles Lawson, Robert Mason, and Anne-Sophie Marchal along with Bank of Lancaster’s Marketing Officer Kylie Bransford.

 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 in our area. For the sixth 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 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 are horizontal, outdoor-theme photos by amateur photographers. Bransford reports that the enthusiasm from the community is always astounding. “There were 188 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, Charles Lawson, Ann-Sophie Marchal, and Robert Mason, Jr.

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.

Charles Lawson is the owner of The Highlander Studios in Kilmarnock and is the only nationally Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Lawson is a 2002 graduate of Randolph-Macon College with a B.A. degree in International Relations with a focus in Middle Eastern Studies. He is a member of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association, the Professional Photographers of America, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. The Highlander Studios offers fine art portraiture, image restoration services, wedding & bridal photography, art reproduction, and giclee printing services. His is the only business in the area offering the level of quality in image capture and the variety of final print media for local artists. Lawson has brought true museum-quality giclee printing to the area for the first time.
He is also a Microsoft Certified Partner and a consultant on utilizing computer technology in the digital imaging business.
Robert Mason Jr. is editor of the Rappahannock Record. An award-winning photojournalist, he has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years. In addition to newspaper, magazine and institutional relations work, he has operated his own freelance business and taught various photography courses at Rappahannock Community College.
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.

Bank of Lancaster would like to extend a thank you to everyone that participated and a special thank-you to the judges for taking on a difficult task of narrowing the 188 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 2013 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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