Carlin Gray won a $150 prize for the top entry in the first "Beauty in the Bluff" photography contest, judged by Mayor Debe Hollingsworth on Monday.

Carlin Gray won a $150 prize for the top entry in the first "Beauty in the Bluff" photography contest, judged by Mayor Debe Hollingsworth on Monday.


The prize money was donated by FBT Bank and Trust as a co-sponsor of the competition. Other co-sponsors included The Commercial, radio station KTRN (K-Train), the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas Printing Company, the Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas and Kwik Kopy.


More than 30 entries were received in the contest, which was originated by Kelley Bohlmann, an aide to the mayor. The field was whittledto five, and Hollingsworth made the final selection. The contest started Nov. 1 and entries were received through Nov. 22.


Gray also received a $25 prize for an honorable mention pick. Other amateur photographers collecting $25 for their honorable mention works were Brandon Carter, Cindy Starkey and James Watts.


All entries became the sole property of the city, which reserves the right to use the photos for further promotional purposes.


"It was a difficult chore to select a winner," Hollingsworth said. "The entries were top-quality and certainly depicted Pine Bluff’s fall beauty. I think this is certainly a worthwhile pursuit and I anticipate the contest will be even bigger and better next year."