Cooper wins awards for photography
His agriculture photo was of a young girl with her calf and the cover photo contest was of people on the YoYo ride.
As a photographer, Cooper said he is looking for different things to shoot and thought taking photos at the Lassen County Fair would be fun.
He received permission from Fair Manager Jim Wolcott to take photos and said he was at the fair every day and tried to capture what the fair was about, taking pictures of everything from the livestock events, the demolition derby and the children on the midway and on the rides.
Cooper, who has been a photographer for five years, said he always looks for composition, something that is interesting and a little slice of life.
While taking photos at the fair, he said he was trying to capture a little moment at the fair that everyone can relate to.
Lassen County Fair Business Assistant Melissa Holzkamp said she submitted Cooper’s photo of the little girl because it was a captivating photo and she had seen what the international Association of Fairs and Expositions looks for in photos.
She said the photo of the people on the carnival ride was a really neat picture and a dynamic photo that portrays the fair.
Cooper did the photography free of charge and Holzkamp said it was great he was able to do the photos for the fair.
“He takes amazing photos,” Holzkamp said. “We’re glad his work was recognized on a national and local level.”
Cooper, a resident of Lassen County for 34 years, said he has attended the fair every year, but never realized how busy it is until he spent a whole week there.
In addition, he didn’t know how much effort the children put into the livestock events until he watched them with their animals.
Cooper said he knew the fair was going to submit his photos, but was surprised with the results.
He also said it is nice to give back to the community. The fair happens every year and the staff does a good job.
“Its nice to see they are getting recognized throughout the state through my work,” Cooper said.
Before taking up photography, Cooper said he drew and painted and when he began photography he started with film cameras.
At the time, digital photography was becoming popular for professional photographers and Cooper said he switched to digital.
His most recent photography includes working with the International Fight League.
He also does landscape photography and weddings, which he said he enjoys because he gets to share in someone’s special day.
In addition, he said he feels good afterward when he gives the photos to the bride and groom and they like the pictures.
As for his future, Cooper said he plans to keep taking photos and getting better at what he does.
Currently, photography is a part-time career, he said.
He currently works at the California Correctional Center, but he is leaning toward a full-time career as a photographer when he retires.
International Association of Fairs Expositions
The Agricultural Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs Expositions has 14 agriculture awards categories, each are divided into five divisions by attendance, in which a fair or expo may enter.
According to a press release from the International Associations, the entries are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders. Individuals are selected from the membership or International Association of Fairs and Expositions, which has a membership of more than 3,200 from around the globe.
The press release also said the Lassen Count Fair can take great pride in knowing it’s event has been selected for the prestigious honor.
Western Fairs Association
The WFA is a nonprofit trade association and serves the fair industry in the Western United States and Canada.
It helps promote the prosperity of fairs through educational activities, training programs and legislative advocacy.
However, its primary goal is to maintain high professional standards through a voluntary network of individuals and organizations.
The fair dealer cover contest is in its third year.
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