Local woman receives recognition for amateur photography

Winslow resident Dawnna Ybarra has been an amateur photographer for nearly 20 years. Recently she submitted several different pictures to a contest held by the International Society of Photographers.

Ybarra was chosen as a finalist for the contest and was invited to the International Society of Photographers Annul Awards Dinner where she would be recognized.

Ybarra said she is honored that she was selected as a finalist, but said she won’t be able to attend the meeting due to lack of funds.

This contest is not a first for Ybarra; in fact she said she has been submitting her pictures for over 11 years. “I’m a camera happy person. I love taking pictures of anything that catches my eye,” said Ybarra.

Ybarra said her photography fascination began when she was 16 years-old. “I went to Europe to study foreign language, while I was there I took quite a few photographs.

A few years later my father who also had a passion for photography, gave me his camera.

Looking back, if it wasn’t for my father giving me his camera. I don’t think I would have developed the passion I have for photography,” said Ybarra.

Besides photography, Ybarra said, she enjoys spending time dancing and training horses. Eric is Ybarra’s husband together they have three children who are home schooled. Ybarra is an Arizona State certified teacher and has a reading endorsement.

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