The Dallas City Council doesn't have the most exciting agenda today -- though if you're interested in the state of sales tax revenue from '02 to '09, I've got just the PowerPoint for you. But to the more interesting business: First thing this morning, Dave Neumman, chairman of the Trinity River Corridor Project Commttee, presented the winners of the second annual Trinity River Corridor Project Photo Contest -- and, said the Oak Cliff council member, it wasn't easy pickin' a winner this year.
Said Neumann, there were more than twice the number of entries this year -- 850 photos were submitted, all told, not including whatever Schutze tried to sneak by. "It was a fantastic response," he said before screening for the council the video you see above. Says Jesse Hornbuckle, one of the five judges, "I'm able to see Dallas in a completely different way." (The other judges included our pal Allison V. Smith, News photo editor Michael Hamtil, Reginald Loftin and Matt Nager.) Said Mayor Tom Leppert, before introducing the winners in the three categories (youth, amateur and pro), the contest has "taken on a life of its own."
Neumann then rattled off, rather hastily, the list of winners, who posed for photos with the council member and mayor -- and that, right there, that's a prize you can't put price tag on.
The Grand Prize Winner was taken by Sean Fitzgerald, whose website features a whole series of photos taken at the Trinity River Audubon Center during the February snowstorm -- including the winner, which also appears in the video. So happens Fitzgerald also won the Pro Architecture/Structures and Pro Forest categories in last year's contest. Photos to come shortly.
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