“This is the biggest prize DVAC has ever awarded from the biggest memorial gift DVAC has ever administered,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC. “We are proud to offer this award to both celebrate the talent and creativity of local photographers and to honor Mike’s legacy.”
Criteria used to select “Thighs and Sunlight” as the winning photograph included composition — the overall visual effect and the use of line, form, color and visual balance, the printing process including digital, traditional and non-traditional means of printing and the uniqueness of the subject matter.
“Thighs and Sunlight” was selected by Goheen’s friend since childhood and current director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center in Kentucky, Todd Birdsong.
“Having been his friend for most of our lives, I would dare say that I belong to a very small group that understood his visual sensibilities and the emotion contained within each image he discovered,” Birdsong said in a press release. “My selection resonated with me in a similar way and I appreciate artist’s works that have a powerful sense of vision and concept regardless of their training or technical mastery.”