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Jarecki wins magazine photo contest

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Lauren Jarecki, a Lander College student living in Elbert County,  receives a check from Northeast Georgia Regional Publisher Alan NeSmith for her prize-winning photo.

Lauren Jarecki has been announced as the winner of the cover art contest for the spring 2019 edition of “Lake Living” magazine.

Jarecki, 22, lives in Elberton with her family. She is a senior at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, majoring in art education.

“Lake Living” is a full-color magazine celebrating the lakes in Northeast Georgia, published in the spring, summer and winter by Community Newspapers, Inc.

In an effort to focus on local talent, “Lake Living” magazine invited artists and photographers to submit their visions of life on the lake in Northeast Georgia.

For Jarecki, lakes and photography go hand-in-hand.

“Being an art major, we get a little bit of everything,” she said. “I’ve done graphic design, photography, ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing.”

Jarecki has also been an angler all her life, fishing with her father, John, who was the subject of her prize-winning photograph. In addition to leisure fishing, she and her father fish together in local tournaments, having competed in the 72 Marine tournament on Lake Richard B. Russell in March.

About the photograph of her father which was chosen for the “Lake Living” cover, Jarecki said, “I never really take my camera out on the boat, because technology and water for me – I’d rather not.”

However, she said, that day, she wanted to practice taking sunset photographs.

“So, I took it (the camera) out there with me, and I said, ‘Dad, turn the boat toward the sun. I want to try to get a silhouette of you,’” she said.

Jarecki told her father to “just fish” while she snapped photographs.

“I don’t really like posed pictures,” she said. “My favorite is taking pictures of people doing the things they love to do.”

In fact, she is currently working on a photography series of people doing things they love.

“It’s people who inspire me, in the ways they’re living their life,” she said. “But they’re not stopping and changing for me. I’m living their life with them.”

She said her favorite thing about her winning photograph is that you can see the line her father is casting.

“You can actually zoom in on the file and see that he’s fishing with a frog (artificial bait),” she said. “I was really happy how sharp it came out. You can see exactly what he was using.”

CNI Newspapers Regional Publisher Alan NeSmith said he was impressed with the number of quality submissions the contest received.

“We received more than 80 photos-plus from our area photographers, and they included beautiful sunsets, lake scenes and people having fun on the water,” NeSmith said. “Choosing a winner was a hard decision. But Lauren’s photograph of her father fishing on Lake Richard B. Russell, with the sun setting in the background, is a great cover for our spring edition of ‘Lake Living.’”

It was such a difficult decision, NeSmith said, editorial staff decided to feature some of the best submissions inside the magazine. They can be found on page 90.

“Our local photographers really stepped up to the challenge and sent in some great photographs,” NeSmith said. “We hope our readers will enjoy them as much as we did.”

Look inside today’s Elberton Star for a copy of “Lake Living.”


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