Ad Spot

Local photographer places in national photography contest

Iven Holt was shocked when he saw his photo placed third in the Shutterfest top talent competition. More than a week later, he said it still hasn’t fully hit him.

More than 400 photographers submitted more than 23,000 images to the contest – and out of them all, Holt’s photo of model Violet Deardorff placed third overall.

Shutterfest is what its website calls an unconference and what Holt describes as a ComicCon like atmosphere for photographers.

“It’s held in the old train station in St. Louis and everything is like early 1900s art deco. Every corner around that place is beautiful to take photos,” Holt said. “It’s a place for photographers.”

This is the second year Holt has attended the event he said is full of energy. He attended his first Shutterfest with another local photographer and friend Ray Glenn.

Holt is also known for his Hartselle High School sports banners and photos of well-known Hartselle landmarks. In 2020, he captured the entire Hartselle Police Department in one composite photo. Holt said he photographed each person separately due to COVID restrictions and used Photoshop to edit them together.

His recent success has rejuvenated Holt’s love for photography. Prior to this year’s conference and his contest win, he said he seriously considered selling his gear and walking away from his art.

Now, he is looking forward to next year in St. Louis when he can attend Shutterfest and continue his journey as an artist.

For more information on Holt, visit his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WeekendWarriorPhotographer/

Morgan County

Stadthagen named to three legislative committees  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan’s jobless rate among lowest statewide  

Falkville

Looking ahead: Growth on horizon for Hartselle, surrounding area  

Hartselle

American Legion Post 52 hosts annual speech contest 

At a Glance

Falkville man killed in crash

At a Glance

Somerville shooting victim identified

At a Glance

Morgan students graduate from JSU

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Educator Hall of Fame to induct six  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Flying high: Hartselle senior is dual enrolled in aviation program 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Judge dismisses lawsuit that sought to invalidate hiring of new Hartselle superintendent 

Hartselle

HIS class of 2029 gives back 

MULTIMEDIA-FRONT PAGE

Priceville band raising funds for new uniforms

Morgan County

Morgan garbage rate increasing 20 percent 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Police: Hillsboro man sprayed ex with gas, set her on fire 

At a Glance

Hartselle native makes Dean’s List at Maryville College 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle native locates sandstone barren, secures $8k grant for outdoor classroom  

News

2023 deer hunting safety refresher

News

Falkville man arrested for of meth, fentanyl

News

Hartselle native locates sandstone barren, secures $8k grant for outdoor classroom

News

HJHS students ‘have a ball’ beginning American Character Program

lifestyle

In the community

News

MCSO answers common questions regarding permitless carry

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan students chosen for IMPACT 2023

News

Priceville man charged with child pornography

x