Photographer at work

Posted: April 11, 2012

Isaac Alderfer's photo of thistles at sunset won an honorable mention in the "Virginia Wildlife" magazine photo contest. (Photo by Isaac Alderfer)
Isaac Aldefer, 12, uses his mom’s camera to get up close and personal with a flower. Alderfer won two contests with the photo of thistles and a spider web at sunset published on the Journals cover. (Photo by courtesy)
Allen, Darren and Shaphan Shank at Silver Lake. The Union Springs brothers swept the "Virginia Wildlife" contest. (Photo by courtesy)
(Photo by Allen Shank)
(Photo by Darren Shank)
(Photo by Shaphan Shank)

Twelve-year-old Isaac Aldefer’s love of photography began three years ago and he’s already an award-winning photographer.

His picture of thistles at sunset won an honorable mention in the youth division of this year’s “Virginia Wildlife” photography contest sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The picture—shot when he was 10—appears in the March issue.

The photo also won best in state in the Virginia PTA Reflections contest in 2010. 

Isaac took the shot with his mother’s point-and-shoot Canon Powershot SX 110 IS.

The J. Frank Hillyard Middle School sixth-grader is the son of Kathy and Doug Aldefer, of Broadway. 

“The sunset was beautiful, so he started snapping,” said Kathy Aldefer. “It was taken in our backyard.  He didn’t realize there was a spider in the web until he downloaded the picture.”    

Isaac now prefers his mother’s new camera—a DSLR Canon Rebel.

Three brothers from Union Springs took the top awards in “Virginia Wildlife” magazine’s photography contest. 
Allen Shank, 9, won first place for his picture of a goldfinch in flight, while his brother Darren, 12, received second place for a shot of red-eyed vireo parents feeding their young. Fourteen-year-old Shaphan brought home a third-place award for his photo of a hungry hermit thrush.
The boys are the sons of Bethany and Kevin Shank, publishers of the children’s magazine “Nature Friend.”

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