Wood County photo chosen for magazine cover

PARKERSBURG – A picture taken by a Washington, W.Va., photographer was chosen for the June cover of “Wonderful West Virginia.”

The photo by Roger Davis of his grandchildren was chosen in the online contest for the “A Day in the Life” issue to commemorate the state’s sesquicentennial?

State residents were encouraged to take a photo on Sept. 15, 2012 and submit it to “Wonderful West Virginia,” a monthly publication of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

The photo was taken at the Butcher Family Farm of Washington of Davis’ grandchildren, Lyla Davis, 3, daughter of Mathew Davis of Washington, W.Va., and Angie Davis of Parkersburg, and her cousin Andrew Davis, 2, son of Bradley and Alisha Davis, also of Washington. Davis’ wife, Julie, helped get the children ready.

“We’re both ecstatic,” Roger Davis said. “Beyond words.”

The Davises have two photos in the magazine, which is on newsstands. A photo of the grandkids was taken at noon on Sept. 15 at the Harvest Moon festival in Parkersburg, Julie Davis said. The Butcher Farm photo was taken around 5 p.m.

“We’re beyond excited,” she said.

The special “Day in the Life” issue features about 100 photos from readers, chosen by the magazine staff from more than 5,000 entries submitted by 1,000 photographers. The requirement was that each photo be taken on Sept. 15 and capture a moment of West Virginia life.

“As we began to look at the photographs, we were awed by their beauty and breadth,” said Clayton Spangler, photography editor. “Some photographers captured the ordinary goings-on of hometown life. For others, it seemed our request had become a personal quest, as they traveled the state from one end to the other in search of special images. In the end, there were far more outstanding ones than we had room for in this issue. Deciding which ones to publish was very difficult.”

The cover was chosen from four finalists in an online contest. Other finalists were photos of a flock of chickens, two backpackers and a dog on a trail and a still-life of vegetables.

Davis works for Kraton in Belpre and is a hobbyist photographer. Julie Davis is a teacher at Criss Elementary School.

West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863, by proclamation of President Lincoln. It was the only state created during the war after it seceded from Virginia, which joined the Confederacy.

With the June issue of “Wonderful West Virginia,” the magazine will be available in a version for the iPad. Subscriptions to the iPad version will be offered.

“With so many people using tablets today, we think the iPad version of the magazine will be a popular addition to the print version,” said Bryan Hoffman, publisher of Wonderful West Virginia for the Division of Natural Resources.