Micah House in Redlands is People’s Choice winner for photo essay

AR-140819529 (1).jpg&maxh=400&maxw=6678/17/14  Micah House is a favorite among the Leadership Network.

The faith-based organization recently earned the People’s Choice grand prize through the network’s nationwide photo essay contest that asks entrants to capture “the best photos and stories of innovation in large churches.”

Bruce Herwig spent time behind the lens to capture the images used in Micah House’s entry.

The project won second place when it was entered in the fourth-quarter round of competition before winning the People’s Choice category in the final round. The top two images from each quarter were placed into the final round of competition in the hopes of capturing the most votes from contest officials and the public.

Winners were announced on a Leadership Network blog and Micah House will take home a $500 American Express gift card.

Herwig called the win an incredible surprise.

“This is a nationwide contest, and to be able to focus and showcase things here in Redlands is an honor and privilege,” said the Highland resident who is pastor of communications for Trinity Church.

Trinity oversees the Micah House program, which has two sites in town focused on the “spiritual development and tutoring activities for at-risk and under-served children ages 6 to 17 in high crime and low-income areas,” according to its website.

While Herwig’s images struck a chord with contest voters, the winning entry would not have been possible without the work of Micah House volunteers, he stressed.

“It goes to show you what the people of Micah House are doing thanks to our amazing volunteers,” he said.

EP-140819529 (1).jpg&maxh=400&maxw=667Dianna Lawson, program coordinator for the organization, agreed.

“It was absolutely a thrill to win such a prestigious contest. Our amazing volunteers deserve all the attention they can get for the great things they do here,” she said in a news release.

Herwig chronicled his experience on his personal blog, “What The Wig?” at bruceherwig.wordpress.com. Additional information can also be found at Micah House’s website at micahhouseredlands.org.

By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts

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