by Sam Clanton
BRANSON, Mo. – Employees of Buster’s Old Time Photos in Branson earn 15 ribbons at the 2016 Antique and Amusement Photographers International Photo Contest in Las Vegas.
Six local photographers placed in more than two dozen categories, earning three first-place ribbons.
Additionally, owner Trent Edwards is re-elected to serve a third term as vice-president of the organization’s board of directors. Edwards has served on the AAPI Board of Directors for the past three years and has been an member of AAPI since 2010.
Edwards, along with his brother and brother-in-law, have owned and operated Buster’s for more than six years. The business has two locations on the Strip, and one at Branson Landing.
Specific Awards at Feb. 3 event:
Buster’s Branson Photographers Nikki Alexander, Chelsea Bates, Natalie Bearden, Judy Frost, Nikki Hodge, and Drew Knutson placed in 14 categories including three first place ribbons.
Nikki Alexander earned a total of five ribbons including two first place ribbons for her Best Portrait of a Group and Best Portrait of Any Other Era.
Nikki Hodge won two ribbons including a first place for her Portrait of a Pet.
Bates, Bearden, Frost and Knutson each earned a ribbon for their entries including a third place for Bates’ Victorian Themed; a third place for Bearden’s Most Creative Portrait, digitally enhanced; and a third place for Frost’s Best Matched Use of Portrait and Poster.
Buster’s Old Time Photos won an additional four ribbons with their other studio located in Galveston, Texas, bringing the Buster’s total to 15 ribbons out twenty-three categories entered.