Community Interest

Augusta Photo Contest Winners Reflect Opposite Seasons

Summer and Winter; hot or cold; opposite seasons; seasonal photographs. The two winning pictures in the “Best of Augusta” Photo Contest are very different.         One has snow on the ground and the other has flowers in bloom.

“Iris Pandemic,” the winning photo, contains the herb garden behind the Augusta History Museum with the flowering purple irises as the foreground focus. Marilyn Kluesner of Marthasville, the photographer, received a $25.00 gift certificate from Stone Ledge Antiques.  

“Cold Glory” is the runner up photo taken by Andrew Kelley of Augusta, MO.  The small American flag stands outside in the yard, surrounded by snow. His prize from Augusta Winery is Chocolate/Wine pairings for four.

Congratulations to the November 2020 winners! Both Marilyn and Andrew are looking forward to redeeming their prizes.

The winning photos, in black and white, are by this article. Enlargements of their photos may be found in the Augusta Library. The photographs, in color, are also on the Town of Augusta website.        

Since so much happened in 2020 with places and events cancelled and people staying home, this November contest ended up as the only “Best of Augusta” Photo Contest this past year. The Town Board will discuss the 2021 contest schedule in the new year. Please visit for updates on the “Best of Augusta” Photo Contest deadlines. This new year presents new opportunities for “taking your best shot.”    

Augusta Photo #1 Summer.jpegContest winner, “Iris Pandemic,” by Marilyn Kluesner of Marthasville.

Augusta Photo #2 Winter.jpeg“Cold Glory”  by Andrew Kelley of Augusta.