Clifton woman wins ‘Pink’ photo contest

Libby Holsan’s photograph, “My Big Date,” won the Shaw Cancer Center’s Pink Colorado Event, a contest to raise awareness about breast cancer. The picture is of her grandmother who is a breast cancer survivor.

Clifton resident Libby Holsan’s photo “My Big Date” was selected from among hundreds of entries in the Shaw Cancer Center’s Pink Colorado Event as a contest finalist.

The contest aims to raise awareness of pre-menopausal breast cancer by turning all 26 finalists’ entries into mural-sized photographs, which will be displayed on building walls and roofs throughout the town of Eagle this summer.

There will be an opening reception for photographers June 23 and the photos will be on display through Sept. 16.

This is the first contest of its kind in Colorado, and will raise funds for the state’s top cancer support programs and research facilities including the Aspen affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the University of Colorado Cancer Center. The contest was judged by such notable names as wildlife photographer John Fielder and world-renowned skier Chris Anthony.

Holsan’s photograph is of her grandmother, Norma “Jackie” Whaley, of Grand Junction. Now 86, Whaley was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy more than 20 years ago.

“She never sits around the house. She goes out every day and she always has to get ready and look pretty,” Holsan said of the subject of her winning photograph, which she took in her grandmother’s basement as she fixed her hair.

“She handled her situation with grace and has continued to show me to this day that things, people and even body parts may be taken away from you, but something that will always remain is your attitude. Hers has allowed her to make every day a great day, even in bitter situations,” Holsan said in her contest entry.

As one of the winners, Holsan gets two airline tickets to travel anywhere in the U.S. Although she’d love to take her grandmother on a trip, Holsan said Whaley may not be able to fly due to her health. She will most likely take her sister, who told her about the contest, somewhere warm.

Holsan, 21, has been taking photographs since she was a child. She recently earned an Associate of Applied Science and Photography degree from Colorado Mountain College.

She is a three-year winner of the Palisade Art Lovers Show and hopes to own her own studio one day.

Other local winners of the photography contest include Montrose couple, Rick and Jill Meyers.

For more information on the contest, visit


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