HESSTON — Beth Hostetler of Hesston wanted to start taking better photos of her family. She wanted higher quality pictures to hang on her walls and fill her photo albums. 

She and her daughter picked up cameras and started to learn — and she ended up bitten by the photography bug.

"I just picked it up four or five years ago for family photos," Hostetler said. "Then I started branching out, just for fun."

This year her branching out has led to recognition — awards at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. 

In her third year of entering photography projects in the amateur classes at the fair, she earned some first-place ribbons.

"I have always gotten seconds and thirds," Hostetler said. "This is a blessed year."

Just how blessed? Three first place awards and one second place award. 

She placed first in two amateur photography categories: black and white railroad and raindrops. She also placed with three images in floriculture photography — first in black and white single flower; second in water garden; and third in patio scene. 

Her photos are on display at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. This is the final weekend of the fair, with exhibits and activities closing Sunday night.