JAY Adirondack Life magazine recently named the winners of its annual photography contest. One overall grand prize was awarded, as well as 14 awards in landscape, black and white, recreation, macro and wildlife categories. Photographer Lisa Godfrey, a frequent contributor to Adirondack Life, was guest judge.
Howard Arndt, of Amherst, N.H., took the grand-prize-winning photograph of a nestful of great blue herons. Arndt staked out the nest on the Ausable River in Wilmington for days before capturing the right lighting and composition.
First place in the landscape category went to Karl Fisher, of Cary, N.C., for his panoramic shot of a misty sunrise on Raquette Lake. Ron Nolland of Plattsburgh came in second with Ausable Reflection, taken at Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Third place was awarded to Travis MacDonald of Massena for a scene of the railroad tracks between Saranac Lake and Ray Brook.
Mandy Applin of Pittsford was the first-place winner in the wildlife category for Heart Lake Trail Hiker, a close-up of a beetle climbing a rock. A photograph of fox cubs on Sabbatis Road in the town of Long Lake, taken by Pat McGuire, of Hyattsville, Maryland, won second place. Nicholas Palmieri, of Linden, New Jersey, took third place for Buck in Fog.
First place in the macro category went to Timothy Wilson, of Rochester for Forest Floor at Fly Pond, taken in the town of Webb. Frosty Fern Pattern, taken near Browns Tract Pond by Lee A. Drake of East Bloomfield, N.Y., came in second.
In the black & white category, first place went to Dean Cobin, of Nanuet for his image of East Branch Falls, in Keene Valley. Rick Tyrseck, of Danbury, Conn., won second place with Pristine, a photograph of Buttermilk Falls near Long Lake. Brenda Dadds-Woodward of Dannemora came in third with Face-to-Face, taken at Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington.
Summers Last, a wistful image of children on Friends Lake taken by Brooke Garrow Marchand, of Yorktown, Va., won first place in the recreation category. The psychedelic swirls of fall foliage reflected in a motorboats wake on First Pond in the town of Harrietstown by Philip Ashwood, of Calcium earned second place. Third place went to White Water, on the Beaver River, by Ed Williams, of Remsen.
In addition to the category winners, 17 images received honorable mention. The grand-prize winner receives a voucher to attend the Adirondack Photography Institutes Adirondack Photography Weekend with Adirondack Life, in Lake Placid, N.Y.; category winners receive a specially commissioned work of pottery by Sue Young, of Jay, N.Y.
Winning photographs are published in the March/April 2013 issue of the magazine and can be seen on www.adirondacklife.com, along with honorable mention photographs.