Lake Takes Summer Photo Contest winner announced

SHERMAN, Tex. -- In the first ever Lake Takes Summer Photo Contest, a renewed interest in a childhood hobby paid off for a Whitesboro wife and mom.

Moe Bagwell of Whitesboro is like a lot of North Texas women. She’s a full-time mom, wife, and a restaurant manager. When she looked for a way to relieve the stress of a busy schedule, Moe says she turned to something she’s been passionate about since her childhood – photography.

“It was a hobby when I was a child, and now as a manager at a busy restaurant, I use it as a stress reliever,” Moe says.

So when Mrs. Bagwell needs a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, she has her husband, Ken, drive her out to her favorite place to shoot, Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

Moe says while Ken may not always understand the method to her magic, he’s always ready and willing to hop in the truck and play chauffeur.

“He stays in the truck and laughs at me when I take 50 pictures of the same thing,” Moe says.

It was at Hagerman that Moe captured her contest-winning photograph. Moe says she and her husband were on one of the side roads, snapping pictures of the geese feeding when they all took flight.

The result of her work is a majestic shot that captures the awe and beauty of outdoor photography. Her photo was unanimously voted the winner by KXII-TV photographers out of over 300 entries uploaded on

Although she is grateful that she won the contest, Moe says she did not enter to win.

“I only joined to learn and see what others thought of my work. I have really enjoyed the chance to share a passion with everyone. It has made me realize never to forget the little things in life.”

You can see all entries to the Lake Takes Summer Photo Contest here:

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