Note:Originally eQuest For Truth listed 1 winner for 3 categories (Horse, Donkey and Other Equids). As we did not receive any entries for our "Other Equids" category, we decided to place 2 entries for our "Horse" Category: Best Action and Best Landscape.
Donkey Category Winner: Master Kaleb Hall
About the Photographer: Kaleb Hall is a 12 year old Texan. He writes about himself, "My favorite kind of animal is a dog and my second favorite is a horse. I like to ride, brush, and trot horses. Next school year I will be in seventh grade. The subjects I enjoy are reading, math, and writing. I have been homeschooled all my life."
Kaleb writes how his photograph fits into E4T's 2011 Theme: "Equus-- Declaring the Glory of God!"
My picture declares the glory of God because the bond of friendship between the two donkeys. The bond shows the relationship we should have with God. And is an example to the people around them.
Horse Category: Best Action Winner -- Miss Elizabeth Megill
About the Photographer: Elizabeth is a 16 year old from Illinois. Miss Megill has 4 brothers and 3 sisters (not to mention dedicated parents). Elizabeth has been homeschooled her whole life and is very active in her family's church youth group and worship team. Elizabeth writes, "I just came back from a missions trip to Honduras where we built a home for an elderly couple on the mountain in La Ceiba. I really loved that experience and the beauty of the country." Elizabeth states that she loves taking photos, "I started out with nature pictures of flowers, trees and plants but recently began to experiment with photos of people. I love horses and enjoyed this opportunity to photograph them."
Elizabeth writes how this photograph fits within E4T's 2011 Theme: "Equus--Declaring the Glory of God!"
Job 39:19-22 says:
Do you give the horse its strength
or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make it leap like a locust,
striking terror with its proud snorting?
It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,
and charges into the fray.
It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;
it does not shy away from the sword.
In these verses, God was explaining to Job how mighty He was, and He was showing him all the great things He's created and done. Then he mentioned horses and how He made them. He talks about how mighty and excited they are. In the picture I can see power and the excitement of the horse in the way that he's running. Also, just seeing the colors of the horse shows the creativity of God and how different each horse is from all the others. When I look at the picture, it helps me see God's awesomeness in all these ways: in the color and the power and the creativity shown in horses.
Horse Category: Best Landscape Winner -- Miss Abi Gordon
About the Photographer: Abi is a 16 year old and lives in Colorado with her parents and three siblings. Abi writes that she battles "Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening, genetic disease" that seriously affects her health, "but I have not let this get in the way of my hobbies such as photography. My other hobbies include baseball, dogs, reading my Bible, and playing with electronics. " Abi shared that as a recipient of the "Make-A-Wish" organization, she received "an electronics shopping spree. One of my electronics I got was my own Nikon digital camera."
Abi writes how this photograph fits within E4T's 2011 Theme: "Equus--Declaring the Glory of God!"
To me, this picture fits this year's theme, "Equus--Declaring the Glory of God", very well. Many people believe that animals just came about from a big bang and that they just evolved from one type of animal to another type. This photo of a mother horse and her baby proves that animals did not evolve from one type to another. Even though they are different colors, this does not mean that one evolved from one animal to another. This is simply God's creativity shining. Genesis 1:24 states, " And God made the beast of the beast of the earth after his kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every thing that creeps upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good." This Bible verse tells that each animal is made after its own kind and therefore did not evolve from a different kind.
This photo declares God's glory because it shows that only Jesus can make such an incredible, beautiful animal. There is no man or beast or creature in this universe that can make what God creates.
Each Winner Received: One 8' x 10' Custom Framed Photograph by eQuest Photography, DVD God Of Wonders, Alexander Scourby Audio Bible on CD, and photograph publication on eQuest For Truth website.