Kate Carter captures bond with dying grandmother in award-winning photo

Author: , Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published: Nov 12 2012 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 13 2012 07:39:51 PM EST

A photograph that shows a special moment between a woman and her granddaughter has landed a local woman in the spotlight.

Kate Carter, of Emmaus, Lehigh Co., used Instagram to share that moment with the world and win a major contest in the process.

Carter said she fell in love with the social media application Instagram after being introduced to it by a coworker.

"He was like, 'Hey, you should try it out,' when I first started here, and I did," said Carter, who now takes personal and professional pictures for everyone on the web to see. "It's been really interesting to be social about photography because it's something I've always loved."

Then, a contest called "Express Yourself" was announced, looking for creative, out of the box self-portraits. Carter entered at the urging of friends.

"I really love the photo, but I don't know if everyone will," said Carter.

Everyone did love the photo. She won the competition, beating 450 entries, with a picture of Carter holding her grandmother's hand.

"She and I were close, and she passed away like three weeks ago," said Carter. "The photo was taken when she was in the hospital. It's the last day I spent with her."

Carter has taken more than 300 photos on Instagram, including some at the Bethlehem SteelStacks campus.

She said she understands why the picture has touched so many lives across the country.

"It's sort of that kind of connection with another person, especially someone, we all have people in our lives that are aging and older and wish we could hang on to."

Carter said she has another special memory of her loved one to hang on to, and she's also gained a lot more people looking at her photography.