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February 20, 2013

Photography contest puts focus on water's importance

Three local photographers have taken home first prizes in the Otsego Land Trust’s third annual photo contest.

About 150 photos were submitted, the land trust said in a media release, and awards were given in youth, amateur and professional categories. The theme this year was “Water, Water Everywhere,” which the land trust said was intended to “emphasize the importance of water in the lives of people, plants and animals.”

The Otsego Lake Association, of which the land trust is a member, co-sponsored the competition.

Photos of dew, clouds, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, springs and wetlands in Otsego County were represented in the entries.

Elizabeth Falk, 12, of Cooperstown, won the youth category with her photograph, “Dew on Web,” which was taken early in the morning while the dew was still on a spider web, she said.

“If you look closely, you can actually see the spider!” she said.

She received four tickets for the Glimmerglass Queen Lake Tour and one-year family membership to Otsego Lake Association.

Donna Greene of Otsego captured the amateur prize with a scene showing a wetland scene in her backyard called “Hope Restored.”

“This photo captures so many elements of water, from the lush wetland to the mist rising above it,” said Peter Johngren, one of the judges.

Greene and her husband received a grant five years ago to restore eight acres of wetlands for migratory waterfowl habitat, the land trust said. Since the work was completed in 2010, many different types of waterfowl have been spotted, including a bald eagle.

Her prize was a guided tour of Otsego Lake aboard the SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station’s Barge “Anondontoides” for herself and five guests.

Sam Ross of Roseboom photographed a fishing boat on Otsego Lake at dusk to win the professional prize. He received a gift certificate to the Blue Mingo Grill and Richard Duncan’s book, “Otsego Lake: Past and Present.”

The judges were Johngren, Richard and Zibby Walker, Bruce Johnson, Warren Bunn, Susan Rowland, Matt Albright, Lisa Eklund and David Kiehm. Prizes were provided by the lake association.

The previous contests explored “People and Trees” in 2010 and “On the Farm, In the Garden” in 2011.

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