Local Photographers Claim Awards at Banyan Drive Art Stroll

“Queen’s Bridge IV” by Stephen Davies claimed honors at the second annual Banyan Art Stroll. Photo courtesy of Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens.

Two local photographers have taken top honors in the People’s Choice category during the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll held on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Stephen Davies and Jared Goodwin were recognized for their outstanding work, taking home a $300 gift certificate from Akamai Art Supply and a $100 certificate from Cunningham Gallery and Picture Framing, respectively.

Davies’ work was his first contest entry, and marked a return to photography after a 30 year absence. His winning photo on canvas, “Queen’s Bridge IV,” now hangs at the Banyan Gallery. It was previously featured in the “Beauty of Lili‘uokalani Gardens” art exhibit at the Castle Hilo Hawaiian.

“My first camera was a Nikon F,” Davies said. “I worked with Michael Janis in Honolulu doing commercial fashion photography in the 1970s.”

After a career in the mental health field, Davies moved to Hawai‘i Island in 1998.

“I shoot with micro four-thirds cameras made by Olympus and Panasonic. Most of my work is colorful close-up abstract nature shots. I have a love for Lili‘uokalani Gardens and kept returning to this bridge,” he added.

Jared Goodwin’s “Path of Reflections” also won People’s Choice in the photography category. The image is featured on the cover of the 2018 Friends of Lili‘uokalani Gardens calendar, which includes photos entered by competition and judged by professional photographer Charles Wood. The same image was recognized by art judge Darrell Orwig for first honorable mention in the art competition. Goodwin’s work is on display at Banyan Gallery.

16-Year-Old Wins Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Photographers Contest

Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and Paradise Helicopters extend congratulations to 16-year-old Hilo High School student photographer Jared Goodwin on the selection of his image “Path of Reflections” as the cover image on the 2018 Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens photographers contest calendar.

Path of Reflections photo by Jared Goodwin.

Speaking of photography, Goodwin said, “Beginning at the age of 13, I found a way to capture the love I have for the uniqueness and beauty of our `aina…one frame at a time. Photography is the window to my mind inspired by Madame Pele’s journeys and our beautiful shorelines.”

The grand prize winner’s award of a helicopter tour on Paradise Helicopters with Bruce Omori and Mick Kalber will be presented during the second annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll Saturday, January 13.

“Paradise Helicopters is honored to support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens who have dedicated so much effort to this worthy cultural and community cause,” said Cal Dorn, president of Paradise Helicopters. “Our employees, many of whom were born and live in Hilo, use and appreciate Lili`uokalani Gardens and what this organization has done to maintain and improve the park. Congratulations to Jared Goodwin on his winning photograph which will grace the cover of the 2018 calendar on this historic centennial anniversary of this treasured park.”

All photographs featured in the 2018 calendar will be on exhibit during the Banyan Drive Art Stroll from noon to 6 p.m.

Copies of the 2018 calendar presently are being printed at Hawaii Printing Corporation and will be for sale at Banyan Gallery, near the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and on line from Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.

“Lili’uokalani Gardens are a community treasure. I am excited to see what our artist community will produce this year in honor of its beauty and history,” said gallery owner Jelena Clay.”Banyan Gallery will always support the revitalization efforts of Banyan Drive and the Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens because they play a major role in the garden upkeep and improvement. “

The 2018 photographers contest was chaired by Vijay Karai, who remarked: “I had the pleasure of curating the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens second annual calendar. To say merely that I received 111 entries from 24 photographers is limiting in the scope of work. What I saw in those images is limitless talent and artistic expression. Charles Wood did an excellent job at selecting those images to the calendar needs. Thank you photographers for working with the limited time frame.”

The calendar was designed by Ken Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat. “I have a special appreciation for the artistic and technical skills required to create an image that celebrates the beauty of our environment and moves people to protect our natural treasures,” Goodrich said. “Hilo is lucky to be blessed with Lili`uokalani Gardens and each photograph in this calendar reminds us just how lucky we are! Thanks to all the photographer/artists who contributed to the imagery herein.”

The 13-month calendar also features 26 small thumbnail images from Hawaii Island photographers, a message from Mayor Harry Kim, messages from juror Charles Woods and Friends president K.T. Cannon-Eger, short biographies of each featured photographer, and a history page.

For further information, contact Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens through their Facebook page or phone K.T. Cannon-Eger at (808) 895-8130.