Vahrenkamp takes “Best of Show” at the 2015 AAPI Photo Contest…

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Bill Vahrenkamp with Imaging Spectrum in Plano, Texas earned the Best of Show for the 2015 AAPI Photo Contest held in January during the 2015 AAPI Convention and Trade Show. His photo, which won first place in Most Creative Portrait-Not Digitally Enhanced category, took the top honor from out of all 30 categories. Vahrenkamp also had a total of six first place photos including one Technical Excellence. Todd Corneil, the Photo Contest Chair, presented Vahrenkamp’s with the award during the backless ball ceremonies at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. There were over 346 photo entries in the competition.  To see all the first place winners, go to http://oldtimephotos.org/2015-photo-contest-winners/

The winners for all categories are as follows:

Best Portrait of a Man –
First – Bill Vahrenkamp with Imaging Spectrum, Plano, TX
Second (tie) – Karla Barnett with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Second (tie) – Jennifer Ricci with Old Time Portraits, Baileys Harbor, WI
Third – Paul Gunn with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada

Best Portrait of a Woman –
First – KJ Dong Jia with Allways Antique Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Second (tie) – Angela Isaac with Instant Ancestors, Inc., Kissimmee, FL.
Second (tie) – Chelsea Bates with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Third – Alex MacPherson with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada

Best Portrait of a Baby (age up to 2 years) –
First – Karla Barnett with Busters Old Time Photos, Galveston, TX
Second – Paul Gunn with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Third – Melissa Schoonfield with Yesteryear’s Photographic Emporium, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Best Portrait of a Child (age 2 to 12 years) –
First – The Staff of Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Second – Natasha Dragomirova with Flashback Photos, Ocean City, MD
Second – Rachael Zuleger & Carissa Bouie with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Third (tie) – Ashleigh Davis with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Third (tie) – Alexis Pierce with Old Time Photos Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Best Portrait of Children –
First – Jessica MacNeill with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Second – Faye Boughton with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Third – Nikki Hodge with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO

Best Portrait of Two Persons –
First – Jessica MacNeill with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Second – Jay McLure with Flashback Photos, Virginia Beach, VA
Third – Liza Xenzova with The Antique Photo Parlour, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Best Group Portrait— 4 to 9 people –
First – Nikki Alexander with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Second – Alex MacPherson with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Third – Richard Millener with Millener Productions, Big Bear Lake, CA

Best Group Portrait—10 or more people –
First – KJ. Dong Jia with Allways Antique Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Second (tie) – Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo, Medora, ND
Second (tie) – Elizabeth Lexchel with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Third – The Staff of Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Most Humorous Portrait –
First – Ashleigh Davis with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Second – Elizabeth Lexchel with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Third (tie) – Jessica MacNeill with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Third (tie) – Daria Ochulina with Yesteryear’s Photographic Emporium, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Best Victorian Themed Portrait (2 or more people) –
First – Kayla VanBrabant with The Antique Photo Parlour, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Second – Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo, Medora, ND
Third – Karla Barnett with Busters Old Time Photos, Galveston, TX

Best Western Themed Portrait (2 or more people) –
First – The Staff of Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Second – Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo Medora, ND
Third (tie) – Greg Stein with Flashback Photos, Virginia Beach, VA
Third (tie) – Chelsea Bates with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO

Best Civil War Themed Portrait (2 or more people)
First – Tim Burke with Old Time Photos Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Second – The Staff with Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Third – Faye Boughton with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN

Best ’20s Era Portrait (2 or more people)
First – Jessica MacNeill with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Second – Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo, Medora, ND
Third – Nikki Hodge with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO

Best Wedding Portrait (An Old Time photo of 2 or more people)
First – Kayla VanBrabant with The Antique Photo Parlour, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Second – Cody Wiseman with Goodtyme Photo, Keystone, SD
Third – Angela Isaac with Instant Ancestors, Inc., Kissimmee, FL

Best Boudoir Portrait (1 woman)
First – Jessica MacNeill with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Second – Jennifer Lewis with Instant Ancestors, Inc., Kissimmee, FL
Third – The Staff of Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Best Pirate Themed Portrait
First – Alex MacPherson with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Second – Angela Isaac with Instant Ancestors, Inc., Kissimmee, FL
Third – Karla Barnett with Busters Old Time Photos, Galveston, TX

Best Steam Punk Themed Portrait –
First – Nathaniel Burke with Old Time Photos Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Second – Derrick Gillikin with Instant Ancestors, Inc., Kissimmee, FL
Third – Faye Boughton with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN

Best Portrait of Any Other Era
First – Alex MacPherson with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada
Second – Nikki Hodge with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Third (tie) – Martin Schmidt with Doc Wenzel’s Old Time Portraits, Monterey, CA
Third (tie) – Skip Hill with Old Time Photos Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

Best Native American Themed Portrait
First – Angel Andringa with The Antique Photo Parlour, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Second – Erica Lannon with Flashback Photos, Virginia Beach, VA
Third – The Staff of Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Best Portrait of a Senior Citizen (One or more people, all must be 60 years or older)
First – Bill Vahrenkamp with Imaging Spectrum, Plano, TX
Second – Nikki Hodge with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Third – The Staff with Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Most Creative Portrait—Not Digitally Enhanced
First – Bill Vahrenkamp with Imaging Spectrum, Plano, TX
Second – Ashleigh Davis with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Third – Alex MacPherson with Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio, Cavendish, PEI-Canada

Most Creative Portrait—Digitally Enhanced –
First – Elizabeth Lexchel with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Second – Jason Shatzer with Flashback Photos, Ocean City, MD
Third – Nikki Hodge with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO

Best Chromakey Portrait –
First – Bill Vahrenkamp with Imaging Spectrum, Plano, TX
Second – Fionnghuala Smith with Cobh Pastimes, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
Third – KJ. Dong Jia with Allways Antique Photo, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Best Matched Use of a Portrait and Poster Mat –
First – Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo, Medora, ND
Second – Alyssa Raynie with Old Time Photos Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Third – Faye Boughton with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN

Digital Poster –
First – Bill Vahrenkamp with Imaging Spectrum, Plano, TX
Second – Katie Livingston with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Third – Caitlin Blaedow with The Antique Photo Parlour, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Best Amusement or Entertainment Portrait –

First – Jena Kottra with Professor Bellows Photographics Bloomington, MN
Second – Nikki Alexander & Nikki Hodge with Busters Old Time Photos, Branson, MO
Third – Derrick Gillikin with Instant Ancestors, Inc., Kissimmee, FL

Best Portrait of a Pet(s) or a Pet(s) with Its Owner(s) –
First – Elizabeth Lexchel with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Second – Aimee Glandt with Goodtyme Photo, Keystone, SD
Third – Kamila Bikbulatova with Yesteryear’s Photographic Emporium, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Best Self Portrait –
First – Bill Vahrenkamp with Imaging Spectrum, Plano, TX
Second – Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo, Medora, ND
Third – Ann Haislett with Yesteryear’s Photographic Emporium, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Best Portrait of Your Staff –
First – The Staff of Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Second – Caitlin Blaedow with The Antique Photo Parlour, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Third (tie) – Kamila Bikbulatova with Yesteryear’s Photographic Emporium, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Third (tie) – Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo, Medora, ND

Best Holiday Greeting Card
First – The Staff of Judge Roy Bean’s Old Time Photos, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Second – The Staff of Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN
Third – Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo, Medora, ND

Technical Excellence –

Faye Boughton with Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN in Best Matched Use of a Portrait and Poster Mat
Bill Vahrenkamp with Imaging Spectrum, Plano, TX in Digital Poster
Ella-Jo & Todd Corneil with Todd’s Old Time Photo, Medora, ND in Best Self Portrait
The Staff of Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN in Best Portrait of Your Staff
The Staff of Professor Bellows Photographics, Bloomington, MN in Best Holiday Greeting Card