Winner Announcements for the Harlin’s 2023 Photography Show

We are pleased to announce twelve winning entries, each chosen from the array of forty-one photography entries given for consideration by the judges, in our 2023 Photography Show!

In each of three separate categories–Monochromatic, Altered, & Color, as well as for Best of Show–the entries were awarded for their highest score in the areas evaluated by the two photography show judges, Melissa Wharton & Dennis Crider, who are both educated photographers who work professionally within our local photography community. Each judge considered the elements of Design & Composition, Technique, Presentation, and Creativity & Originality in awarding each photo entry its points earned out of 25 for each section, allowing for a perfect score of 200 points.

The top winner, a sharp black & white photo of a four-legged furry friend named “Sir”, won Best Of Show as the only entry of this year’s submissions to achieve a perfect numeric score of 200.

We hope you will come and enjoy viewing this show while its on display in the museum’s Hathcock Gallery, from now until Sunday, May 28th. Harlin Museum is open to the public every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm, and by private appointment any other day of the week or for large tour groups.



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Best Of Show: “Sir” by Jimmy Garner of West Plains, MO


Monochromatic Photography Category Winners 

1. “Missouri Wild Horse League” by Jordan Caughron of West Plains, MO.

2. “Bronc Circle Of Life” by Tony Logue of West Plains, MO

3. “Falling In Place” by Sean McCormick of West Plains, MO


Altered Photography Category Winners

1. “Moon Glow” by Tony Logue of West Plains, MO

2. “Windless Trees” by Sean McCormick of West Plains, MO


Color Photography Category Winners

1. “Going To The Chapel” by Attie Acklin of West Plains, MO

2. Tied: “Warmth, Light, and His Word” by Marc Brannan of West Plains, MO

2. Tied: “New Beginnings” by Tony Logue of West Plains, MO

3. “Erie Gal” by Tony Logue of West Plains, MO

Honorable Mentions: 

“Attracted To The Colors” by Marc Brannan of West Plains, MO

“Mountain Life” by Attie Acklin of West Plains, MO


And, in addition to those entries that placed in the competition categories, these 29 other photographs were submitted for competition. Everyone who wishes to has the opportunity to vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award—either by voting in-person at the gallery show (located at 405 Worcester, West Plains, MO) or by “liking” the photo of your favorite in the 2023 Photography Show photo album on our Facebook page


For those of you looking for the perfect piece of art to adorn your wall, you’ll find that several of the entries in this show are being offered for sale. All sales contribute, in part, to supporting the museum and its ability to serve our community, as well as supporting the artist who created it.  It is the aim of our annual open-call art / textile / photography shows to provide an avenue for all artists to gain recognition for their talents…by introducing those talents to you, the public at large. The Ozarks are fast becoming an artist haven, both for those who are longtime professionals full of knowledge and for those with burgeoning raw talent awaiting discovery.  If you are interested in a piece from this show, please contact the museum by email at or phone the museum at (417) 256-7801.

There will be an Artist Reception held at the museum to celebrate the photography show with food, fun, and stimulating conversation on Saturday afternoon, May 20th at 3pm; all are welcome! 

Congratulations to all! We hope to see you at the museum 🙂