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How does Discover Mobile® work? You, your family or group of friends purchase a Discover Mobile Photographic Scavenger Hunt book for $20.00. Fill out the entry form in the back of the book and correctly identify all 25 “photo locations,” and return the entry form to AIDS Alabama South before 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 2nd, 2017. At the conclusion of the contest period the Grand Prize winner will receive a check for $1,000.
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Meet Our Jury...
Cartlege W. Blackwell, III
Cartledge Weeden Blackwell, III was born in Selma, Alabama. Blackwell is the Deputy Director of Historic Development for the City of Mobile and Mobile Historic Development Commission. His scholarly focus is on the architecture and decorative arts of the American South.
Blackwell attended the College of Charleston (2001-2005) where he double majored in Art History and Historic Preservation & Community Planning. continue reading
2017 marks Darwin's 37th year of either anchoring or reporting television news. Darwin now wakes up the Gulf Coast as co-anchor of Local 15 Today, teaming up with longtime friend and co-anchor Kelly Foster. Darwin will still offer up on-site reporting, as well as the occasional feature segment that has made him a fixture in the Mobile/Pensacola television community since 1987! continue reading
Kelly Jones is a 17 year news veteran and mother of 2. I have international, national and local experience in TV, print and radio. I am a news anchor at FM Talk 106.5 delivering news headlines every morning from 6 to 9 AM.
Giving back is what I have been put on this earth to do and to connect people with information. I arrived in mobile in 2013 and thought I was leaving in 3 years but along the way my kids fell in love with the city, and I fell in love with my sweetheart. I am having a ball in my newly adopted hometown and am enjoying raising my children.
Twitter: @KellyKJTV Instagram: @KellyKJTV Facebook: Kelly Finley
Judge Karlos Finley
Judge Karlos Finley is a Partner at the law firm of Boteler Finley & Wolfe, P.C. and he serves as a part-time Judge with the City of Mobile, Alabama. His family’s roots in the city date back to the 1860's when his great grandmother relocated to Mobile from neighboring Clark County. His grandfather, Dr. James A. Franklin, Sr., MD (Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc.), a member of the 1914 graduating class of The University of Michigan Medical School moved to Mobile and began his medical practice here in 1917.
Elizabeth P. Stevens
Elizabeth P. Stevens has served as the President and CEO of the Downtown Mobile Alliance since its formation in 2005. The Downtown Mobile Alliance is a consortium of three not-for-profits working to support the development of Downtown Mobile. The Business Improvement District, or “BID,” is a property owner-funded special assessment district that provides enhanced services to the property owners within the district’s 75 block area.
Michon Trent joined the Mayor’s Executive Staff in June 2016 as Senior Director of Civic Engagement. Her overall responsibilities will be to lead large-scale Mayoral initiatives focused on greater civic engagements in areas such as mentoring, eradication of homelessness, volunteerism, along with arts & culture.
Meet Our Photographers...
My name is Aaron Thomas, I'm from Mobile, AL. I’m a self-taught photographer striving for greatness. I’ve been into photography for many years now and 2017 has finally led me towards taking my first steps into becoming a professional photographer.
Catherine Helmsing is a Mobile native who was Born to Celebrate and loves spending her free time capturing the beauty of the rivers, bays, and outdoors around the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Gulf Coast. She teaches Photography and Art at UMS-Wright and enjoys traveling, camping with her dog Kima, live music, and all things Mobile!
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Charlene Scott has been photographer since an early age. She is travel writer who follows her passion for travel and discovering new places. She is happiest when documenting her travel memories, one shutter click at a time. She is pleased to participate in the Discover Mobile fundraiser showcasing her hometown was educational and great fun!
Charles Johnson is from Mobile, Alabama. Married with 2 kids, he has been employed with Philips providing Health Level 7 IT support for 9 years. I have always enjoyed taking pictures of people and cool things that make you say Hmmmmm. I saw this as an opportunity to bring my family together for a cool Photo Project. My wife and 13 year old daughter took pictures throughout Mobile, AL. It was extremely fun to see what we were all able to come up with.
It’s going to be awesome to find out which of our pics was selected. We are all so excited to be a part of such a wonderful adventure.
“Do you see what I see” is not only a Christmas Carol-It’s also applicable to my philosophy of photography. I believe those who say, “Follow your passion and you will discover your gifts.” I am a continual student of history and photography. Whether it moves, or is stationary, I love to capture images. To me, photography is “Food and drink for the soul.” My only goal is to continue to improve.
Elisa Blackburn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a minor in darkroom photography. Being a native Mobilian, she is naturally inclined to capture the area’s bay scenery and wildlife. She has recently begun to dip her hand in portrait photography, which she practices on her two year old son, Ethan. Her goal is to begin printing and selling her art soon at festivals and ArtWalk.
This is Gwen’s second year participating as a photographer in Discover Mobile scavenger hunt. She is currently taking courses to complete her Photography Certificate at the University of South Alabama. Gwen enjoys photography as a hobby and loves shooting just about anything. She is also a member of Camera South. Her favorite quote is by Imogen Cunningham. “Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
Jennifer is a Cajun first, and Mobilian second. She left Louisiana 12 years ago, after Hurricane Katrina struck, and found herself here in Coastal Alabama. Today, she calls it home and spends her free time exploring the great outdoors and photographing as much as she can with her husband and two dogs. In 2015, she received a degree in Anthropology at University of South Alabama, where she minored in Studio Art.
Jennifer first discovered her love of photography as a teenager, finding beauty in abstract art and natural settings outdoors. Until the past year, taking photographs was always on the back burner, per say, but now she has turned her hobby into an at home photography business. Starting with family and friends, she has now grown into bookings for multiple local city parks and surrounding Mobile County schools. Her favorite shots to capture are Sports Action but she enjoys everything from Family Sessions to Graduations and Engagement sets.
I have been in Mobile for only 2 years. Doing this project allowed me to see some interesting places, at very unique angles. My background is in journalism photographing and photographing products for advertisement. My passion start at the age of 9 with a Kodak instamatic 110 and is still going strong.
After earning the nickname Photo while living in Florida and working as a photographer covering action sports Kyle decided that life was going to center around film and media production. Having lived overseas and around the country he has continued to pursue content production as a main goal and has happily made a career out of it here in Mobile. He lives with his fiance Tabitha, his two step daughters and their two dogs.
Mobile, AL native and a newbie photographer to Discover Mobile. Photography is a hobby of mine along with writing. I love to take nature and landscape photographs. I have done other types of photography, but nature is my favorite. Outside of my photography hobby, I am going to college to get a Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting and I work full time for a local hardwoods lumber company.
Marie loves meals shared with friends, nights on the beach, sunrise walks in the mountains, and the quiet beauty of a remote village. Marie and her family have called 3 countries their home. Her camera loves taking journeys to new places and capturing the human story. She follows where it leads, making memories and bringing others with her on the journey. Marie and her husband own Wattier Studios providing travel and personal photography services.
At an early age, Michele found she had a creative ability that helped her with the struggles of living in a military family.
It began with a crayon drawing of a Blue Jay in the 2nd grade, pencil sketches of the 101 Dalmations and the Gerber baby in the early 70s to oil painting murals as a senior in high school. Over the following years she dappled in various mediums trying to find the ONE thing she was truly passionate about.
It wasn’t until she started photographing different subjects to paint, that she found was she what had been looking for. Photography became Michele’s focus and passion.
I am an amateur photographer who prefers film but has transitioned to digital format. I was raised in a small Southern Illinois town but have called Mobile home for more than 20 years. I am constantly looking for images that touch the soul. Most of the time natural scenes capture my imagination. When I photograph people I look for small meaningful moments. Most weekends I can be found camera in hand on an adventure.
Richard Dollison, native Mobilian, history teacher, and photographer. I have always been fascinated by the power of a photographer to stop a moment in time and create images that are are both art and historic document. I am drawn to architectural, landscape, portraiture and street photography. For me, photography is a chase to capture “the” moment: a smile, shadow, or waves on the shore. Mobile offers a rich collection of subjects; it is a pleasure to create images for the Discover Mobile Scavenger Hunt.
Sharon Meier is a native Mobilian. She enjoys photography as a hobby and has participated in Discover Mobile as a ‘contestant’ and as a photographer. She also enjoys spoiling her two cats, bike riding and ringing handbells. She has recently started learning how to do stainded glass. When not riding her bike, taking photos, or ringing handbells Sharon does IT/GIS work as a contractor for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Tim Holloway is a 25-year-old Mobile native with a newfound passion for photography. While his background is in music, he realized after getting his first DSLR that he had an eye for photography and an understanding of the camera. On top of being an amateur photographer, he is currently a senior at the University of South Alabama studying strategic communication and marketing.
Tonda Dickerson has always had an interest in photography since a young age. She broaden her education in photography here in Mobile and along the way has met a wonderful community of fellow photographers that share her passion. She enjoys taking a wide range of images, with her favorite being wildlife.
Retired. Amateur photographer for over 50 years. Traveled to most of the US, Custom picture frames a hobby. Photography approach – hope each picture records a story or captures an emotion; rules are made to be broken. Dabble with video. Wife and I enjoy top down car rides throughout the southeast US. Tail of the Dragon anyone? Hear me with Pigskin Pete on Friday nights during high school football season.
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