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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 26, 2019 – WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita Festivals, Inc. today announced the winners of the Riverfest 2019 Photo & Video Contest sponsored by 360Wichita.com, Hydraulic Studios and RSM Marketing at a Final Friday Exhibit and Awards Presentation at RSM.

“We’ve really enjoyed being a part of this 14-year Riverfest tradition,” said Ian Clark, content and community manager, 360Wichita.com. “It’s wonderful to see the festival through the eyes of so many talented people.”

Awards for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and honorable mention in seven photography categories, as well as two video awards, were presented by Ty Patton, chair of the board of directors of WFI, and Admiral Windwagon Smith XLVI, Ken Atnip. The Best of Show photo award went to Fernando Salazar for capturing an iconic shot of the Wichita Wagonmasters in the Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade on May 31. Best Video was presented to Cathy Le.

Professional and amateur photographers have the chance to win their share of 33 awards – and $2,375 in cash prizes – by entering their favorite Riverfest photos and videos. A total of 859 photos and videos were submitted by 59 photographers and videographers this year. Their entries help document Riverfest 2019 and are used to promote the festival on its website, in advertisements and elsewhere.

“The archive that develops from this contest is important to Riverfest, not just for promotional purposes, but as a record of the festival, too,” said Teri Mott, director of marketing and communication at WFI. “The participants, and the photos and videos they enter, become a part of our history, and we are grateful to them for sharing their talent.”

Here are the photography categories and the winners in each:

That’s SO Riverfest
1st place – Fernando Salazar
2nd place – Fernando Salazar
3rd place – Steve Adelson
Honorable Mention – Piper Ayala

Riverfest Live!
1st place – Bob Bishop
2nd place – Christopher Edwards
3rd place – Malcolm Furr
Honorable Mention – Debbie Greene

What’s New?
1st place – Felisa Galvin
2nd place – Rick McPherson
3rd place – Bob Bishop
Honorable Mention – Brenda Heard

Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade
1st place – Fernando Salazar
2nd place – Fernando Froude
3rd place – Steve Adelson
Honorable Mention – Felisa Galvan

Face of Joy/Fireworks
1st place – Curtis Kirkpatrick
2nd place – Bob Bishop
3rd place – Fernando Salazar
Honorable Mention: Tie – Rick McPherson, Malcolm Furr

The Thrill of Victory
1st place – Rick McPherson
2nd place – Bob Bishop
3rd place – Curtis Kirkpatrick
Honorable Mention – Bob Bishop

People’s Choice
1st place – Fernando Froude
2nd place – Fernando Froude
3rd place – Fernando Froude
Honorable Mention – Debbie Greene

Best of Show Photography
Fernando Salazar

Video Honorable Mention
Malcolm Furr

Best Video
Cathy Le

Wichita’s Riverfest 2020 is scheduled for May 29-June 6.

Special thanks to our Riverfest Official Sponsors for 2019: Bud Light, Decker Electric, Metro Courier, Parr Sound and Lighting, PrairieLand Partners, RedGuard SiteBox, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Spot’s Party Bus, Van Horn Promotion and Marketing, and Visit Wichita.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of creating diverse community celebrations within the Wichita community. The primary events produced by Wichita Festivals, Inc. are Bob Struble Memorial Golf Tournament (September 6, 2019), Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair (September 13-15, 2019), and Riverfest (May 29-June 6, 2020).

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