City attorney wins photo contest

Thursday, December 18, 2008
Putnam County resident Laurie Hardwick took first place with this photo of her three-year old son, friend and husband on their pond. She entered the amateur division of the Connecting People and Nature category of the 38th Annual Photo contest of the National Wildlife Federation.

Most people think about attorneys as being pretty left-brained--mostly analytical and not very creative. Greencastle City Attorney Laurie Hardwick is an exception to that idea.

Hardwick won first place in the amateur division of the Connecting People and Nature category of the 38th annual photo contest by the National Wildlife Federation.

This year's pool of contestants had more than 55,000 entries in its six categories.

Hardwick's photo that was taken on her property features her three-year old son and a friend reveling in the splashes from her husband's vigorous rowing. The scene takes place on a pond on the Hardwicks' property.

"My husband grew up swimming in that pond," she said in her contest entry. She claims it is one of the reasons they bought the property in Putnam County, where both she and her husband grew up.

Hardwick's photo can be seen in the December/January 2009 edition of National Wildlife Federation's magazine, which is on the newsstands now. You can also access it online at

Other categories in the contest were Mammals, Birds, Other Wildlife, Landscapes and Plant Life and Backyard Habitats. The grand prize winner received a $5,000 cash award.

Next year's contest opens in January and offers $25,000 in cash prizes along with two $5,000 grand prizes. Photographers can submit up to 20 photos in the contest. See the National Wildlife Federation Web site for more information on the contest.

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    The other boy with Eli is, Brighten Boggess son of Jeffrey, and Jana Boggess of Greencastle.

    -- Posted by figsfollys on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 8:19 AM
  • Way to go, Laurie!

    -- Posted by MsBehaving on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 8:42 AM
  • What a great photo!! Good job.

    -- Posted by dcsaiht on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 9:45 AM
  • Fig, its Brighton, not Brighten. He's named after a place and not an adjective. Thanks for the props anyway.

    -- Posted by Old Soul on Thu, Dec 18, 2008, at 11:18 AM
  • Way to go Laurie!!!

    -- Posted by localman on Tue, Dec 23, 2008, at 6:23 PM
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