Terry Fitch Takes People’s Choice Award 2 Years Running
Houston, (SFTHH) – Hundreds of entries representing 15 countries and 45 states were entered in the eighth annual online equine photography contest sponsored by the Equine Photographers Network, making this the most competitive contest to date with an incredible array of outstanding equine images.
Coming in with a first place ribbon was wild horse advocate Terry Fitch’s photograph of “Dueling Band Stallions” capturing the top honors for the People’s Choice Amateur award. The photo was actually placed in fourth position by the judges in the category of “Extreme Action” but public demand and interest rocketed it to a solid first in “People’s Choice”. Dueling Band Stallions was shot last year in the Pryor Mountains of Montana where Fitch was visiting the herd of wild horse stallion “Cloud” made famous by Emmy award winning cinematographer Ginger Kathrens.
“I humbly thank all of the kind folks who voted for that shot”, stated Fitch, “but I am not the winner, the horses are. The whole reason for entering that picture was to help draw attention and interest to the plight of our national icons, the wild horse.”
Fitch and her husband R.T., author and volunteer Executive Director of Habitat for Horses Advisory Council, initiated several law suits against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) last year over the agency’s controversial practice of “zeroing out” federally protected wild horse herds. Likewise, the Fitches are familiar faces at the BLM’s contractor driven wild horse roundups.
“We witness for the horses with our cameras”, commented Fitch, “When we are present and documenting at the roundups we feel that the BLM and their contractors are on better behavior and the horses are treated better. Not that they are treated well, just better”, she added.
The Fitch’s recently returned from witnessing the early end of the BLM’s Antelope Complex roundup in northeast Nevada and last month R.T. addressed the BLM advisory board in Phoenix, AZ regarding their mismanagement of America’s wild horses.
Terry Fitch’s photography is no stranger to the Equine Photographers Network; in the same contest, last year, Fitch won first place in the same division for her shot of a horse rescued by Habitat for Horses and adopted by Willie Nelson called “First Bite”
This year Fitch also garnered an “Honorable Mention” in the “Performance” category with her mainstream shot entitled, “Final Jump”.
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