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We had 49 submissions for this year's contest and man alive! The judging was as hard as ever! "Elemental Reversion" was the hottest category this year, yielding three of of our prize winners. Our Grand Prize this year goes to an old friend of Stovebolt.com -- Phil Seidenberger in Amarillo for his version of one of my favorite genres -- "A Tree Grows Through It" -- Big Congrats, Phil! I think a round of TexMex and Dos Equis may be in order!
And the prizes -- I just am floored by how generous our sponsors are -- we have the best line up of prizes ever for this contest. You guys make this contest what it is and the word is out -- Stovebolters mean business!
About the biggest change for this year was that we broke out the submissions into the usual eight categories for judging and awarding. Again, they were:
- “Abandonment Aesthetica”
- “Farm Still Life”
- “Elemental Reversion”
- “Truck on a Stick”
- “Cold Storage”
- "Parts is Parts"
- "Junk Yard Dogs"
I think breaking out the submissions into individually judged categories leveled the playing field a bit and made it easier for me ( it's all about ME! ) to recognize more really good photo submissions.
Well, without further ado (and less ado than last year...), here are this year's winners by category:
||The Wood Burning Stove...bolt
Category: Flora Trucka
Submitted by Phil “53GMCPhil” Seidenberger
"I love seeing the entrees for this contest. I have seen many potential winners, but never have my camera on me at the time. I finally got pictures of a sure winner.
"I drive by this truck several times a year and have nick-named it
The Wood Burning Stove…….Bolt.
"Thank you for devoting so much of your lives into this great hobby and for providing the web site for so many of us to learn and BS with each other."
2nd Grand Prize
||Rust Free Desert Truck
Category: Elemental Reversion
Submitted by C.M. Nosnam
Panamint , California
"I am new to your site and I really enjoyed the past years IRWIPI pictures.
I would like to have some fun and submit this picture for this years 2008 IRWIPI contest.
The Peoples' Choice
Category: Elemental Reversion
Submitted by Randy "RT1" Taylor
"It’s a 46 Ford. I think I'll call it 'Retired Friend'."
(Randy also submitted some other cool IRWIPI photos that are included in the others portion of the photo album. )
1st Place -- Abandonment Aesthetica
||Fred, are you sure you got those wheels on right?
Submitted by Kip “41 Kip” Bonds
"My hunting buddy just sent me some photos from our November duck hunting trip up on Lake Superior. I had snapped this shot but did not get it in for ’07. So here it is for the ’08 contest.
"Keep up the great work. I just checked my records and found that I have made 62 new friends through “The Bolt” !!!!"
1st Place -- FloraTrucka
The Chevy Bush
Submitted by Joe Newton
1st Place -- Farm Still Life
||Pssst... think they'll find us in here?
Submitted by Kyle "641Workmaster" Pierce
"The one on the left is a '48 1.5 ton and the one on the right is a '46 2 ton. These trucks are original to the family farm and were decommissioned from grain hauling about 10 years ago."
1st Place -- Elemental Reversion
||Dune jumping gone bad
Submitted by Eric Radack
Somewhere in Utah
"I'm back in Utah and ready for the contest. I got some good ones and from the looks of it, there is good submissions."
1st Place -- Truck on a Stick
||Just an oil change please.
And don't try to sell me on that synthetic stuff!
Submitted by Tim Kirby
1st Place -- Cold Storage
||Can I please come inside?
Submitted by Debrah Radack
1st Place -- Parts is Parts
||She only needs a few parts to finish. They’re around somewhere!
Submitted by Mike "Grizzly34s" Grizzle
"The picture is from my South Dakota trip this summer. I bought a few parts from the '34 to add to my collection of parts."
1st Place -- Junk Yard Dogs
John “jfjbjr“ Burns
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