Watershed Winners

Conewango Creek group unveils top photo contest entries

Photo submitted to Times Observer Alexander Shipherd’s photo of the Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area near Randolph, N.Y., won first place in the landscape category of the Conewango Creek Watershed Association’s 2016 photo contest.

The traveling road show of the winning entries in the Conewango Creek Watershed Association photography contest began on Saturday.

“To promote the beauty of the watershed and reward the winning photographers, a traveling road show of the winning photographs will take place at several area businesses,” board member Ron Keeney said.

The photos will be on display at Allegheny Outfitters in downtown Warren during regular business hours through Dec. 10.

The show will be on display to VSK Emporium in Frewsburg, N.Y., on Jan. 13-28, and at Evergreen Outfitters in Mayville, N.Y., from Feb. 2-22.

“The public is invited to stop in to each of these establishments during regular business hours, or they can see the photographs on display between shows at the CCWA offices at 4000 Conewango Ave.,” Keeney said. “Congratulations to all the winning photographers.”

The photos were entered in five categories: people, water scenes, landscape, wildlife, and close-up. In October, a group of community judges selected the top three in each category. The winners were formally announced at the CCWA Gala in October.

The top photographers were:

¯ People: first — Jay Kuntz, Carving.

¯ Landscape: first — Alexander Shipherd, Swampy Sunset; second — Gary Lester, Lowlands at Dawn; third — Kuntz, Tom’s Trees.

¯ Wildlife: first — Donald Armstrong, Feeding Cardinals; second — Shipherd, Osprey; third — Shipherd, Eastern Meadowlark.

¯ Close-up: first — Kuntz, Ripe for Picking; second — Vicki Durlin, Bee on Flower; third — Christopher Goff, Leaf Close-up.

¯ Water scenes: first — Monika Garami, B&W Bare Trees; second (tie) — Garami, Sepia Mist, and Lester, Confluence at Dusk; third — Kuntz, Chasing the Wind.

“The CCWA is already preparing to start its 2017 photo contest,” Keeney said. “Please visit www.conewangocreek.org or the CCWA Facebook page for more details.”