Stuttgart photographers take honors in Army- wide photo contest

The Army recognized the artistic eye of enlisted service members, commissioned officers and civilians alike for their simple and true captures of garrison life around the world in the 2013 Army Digital Photography Contest.

Those recognized included four photographers from the Stuttgart military community.

The U.S. Army Installation Management Command awarded recognition and prizes to active duty and civilian photographers for their entries in seven categories: Animals, Design Elements, Digital Darkroom, Military Life, Nature/Landscapes, People and Still Life.

Photo by Virginia KozakVirginia Kozak, a secretary at Patch High School and an Army family member, captures the mood perfectly in “Sweet Dreams,” her 2013 Army Digital Photography Contest entry. The subject is her niece Peyton, who was one week old when the photo was taken. Three other members of the Stuttgart military community, Army Maj. Jared Lenz, and military family members Laura Castro and Cara Smith were also recognized in the annual Army-wide competition.

Photo by Virginia Kozak
Virginia Kozak, a secretary at Patch High School and an Army family member, captures the mood perfectly in “Sweet Dreams,” her 2013 Army Digital Photography Contest entry. The subject is her niece Peyton, who was one week old when the photo was taken. Three other members of the Stuttgart military community, Army Maj. Jared Lenz, and military family members Laura Castro and Cara Smith were also recognized in the annual Army-wide competition.

Family member and Patch High School secretary Virginia Kozak won first place in the People category for “Sweet Dreams.”

To get the photo, Kozak spent four hours photographing her one-week-old niece Peyton.

“It’s always been one of my favorites from that shoot,” Kozak said. “It took honorable mention here in Stuttgart. I never in a million years thought it would win.”

Maj. Jared Lenz, chief of the Stuttgart Behavioral Health Clinic, won a second and two third place finishes in Still Life, People and Design Elements, respectively.

Lenz is no stranger to the competition, having placed at the Army-level in 2008 and 2009.

Military family members Cara Smith won second and third place for Animals and Still Life, respectively, while Laura Castro won honorable mention in the People and Digital Darkroom categories.

The winning entries in the 2013 Army Digital Photography Contest can be viewed at www.armymwr.com.