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The Ninth Annual
Life in the Finger Lakes Photography Contest

As I stated in “My Own Words,” the photographers who enter the photo contest have a true passion for this incredible area. It’s so diverse – from the deep gorges of Letchworth State Park to the panoramic views of the Finger Lakes themselves, from the classical architecture of the towns and cities to the quaintness of the country farm house – this area has it all.

As judges for the photo contest, the staff of our publishing company have seen a variety of subject matter in the photos. Here, we present the winners, and for every winner you see published, there are at least 10 other photos that are nearly as good. That’s what makes this contest so difficult for us to judge.

This year, for the first time, we have two local establishments that are sponsoring this contest, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park and Geneva on the Lake Villa and Resort. We are excited and proud to have them on board.

– Mark Stash, Editor

Grand Prize
Great Bend – Letchworth State Park
Charles Vaughn • Spencerport


First Place

A crowd has gathered to watch the fireworks at the Syracuse Inner Harbor
Mihai C. Miroiu • Ithaca

Second Place

“Lone tree” taken on Hollock Road in Dundee
Ed Louiz • Bradford

Third Place

Waterfall in Watkins Glen gorge
Stu Gallagher • Liverpool


First Place

Interesting patterns in the sky and trees are reflected in the water
Bob Gates • Jamesville

Second Place

Water droplets enhance a spider’s web
Daniel Schlegel • Webster

Third Place
Winter shadows at Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington
Mike Sargent • Farmington


Things are looking up at Cummings Nature Center –
the photographer’s son Kyle encouraged her to take this shot
Kelly Ingerson • Webster

Love and happiness
Lisa De Muth • Horseheads

Coming up for air – Clute Park sandbar at Seneca Lake during an August sunset
Stefan Trego • Montour Falls

Swans feeding at Durand Eastman Park in Rochester
Anne Marie Maier • Penfield


Sonnenberg Gardens, a sponsor of the Ninth Annual Life in the Finger Lakes magazine photo contest, held a juried photo contest of their own this year in Canandaigua. Here is their grand prize winner.

“Late summer in the Japanese Garden”
Mary Moon

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