Medford woman's photo to be featured

When Sue Martin snapped a few images of her two sons chasing seagulls outside of Brookings in February, she considered it as much a Kodak moment of her family as a little creative therapy.

"Being a mom, I don't get a lot of opportunity to be creative," says Martin, of Medford. "But being a mom with a camera in your hand, sometimes you can get to do two things — be a mom and be creative."

Now Martin can add "published photographer" to her accomplishments as well.

Martins' photograph of sons Josh and Ben will be viewed all across Oregon for at least 31 days next year.

The shot will be the March picture for the Oregon State Parks Department's new 2008 calendar created from images collected in the department's inaugural "Go Click" photo contest.

Martin's photo is one of 11 honorable mention selections from 1,730 submissions, says Jennifer Deeder, the department's marketing and communications specialist who organized the contest.

Deeder says parks officials were pleased with the first-time event.

"It's really a good way to engage our customers," she says.

The contest began Feb. 1 and ran through July, Deeder says. The submissions were judged by a parks officials, the department's in-house photographer and a member of the Yamhill County Photo Club, she says.

Martin heard of the contest and submitted three photos, all shot with a Fuji FinePix digital camera, she says.

When she was told 10 days ago that one of her submissions won, Martin reviewed her submissions and believed she likely won for a silhouette shot of 9-year-old Josh on the beach.

She was surprised to learn later it was the image of Josh and 5-year-old Ben chasing gulls that won.

"We all guessed something different," Martin says.

The grand prize winner is Patricia Davidson of Coos Bay. Her photo, taken in Sunset Bay State Park, will be featured on the cover of the calendar and the month of September.

The calendar is due out in mid-October and it will retail for $11.95, Deeder says.

Davidson will receive a free two-week camping stay at any Oregon state park, subject to availability, as well as a new tent.

Martin and the other 10 honorable-mention winners will get a two-year state parks pass.

To view all the winning photographs and check rules for next year's contest, check the department's web site at Enter "Go Click" in the page's search field to find the calendar links.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail

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