The 13th Annual Life in the Finger Lakes Photo Contest

“Hailstorm at the Bluffs” Chimney Bluffs State Park, located on the eastern shore of Sodus Bay in Wolcott, offers breathtaking landscapes and trails for nature lovers. Elaine Taft • Rochester

“It’s been said that variety is the spice of life, and the winners this year reinforce that statement. There are photos of Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario, a city park, a beekeeper, downtown Rochester, train tracks, roads, the countryside and photos of the Finger Lakes themselves.

The composition of some winning photos is simple. Others are almost over-the-top with rich details. It’s sometimes difficult to tell what is a really good photograph, but you know it when you see it. The simple reflection of trees in water can become a beautiful work of art. The pounding waves and light during the golden hour also create a memorable scene.

I want to thank each and every person who entered the contest this year. Your photographs captured the diversity of the Finger Lakes Region. I only wish that every one could be published. I encourage all of you to keep sending your photos in, either through prints in the mail, or digital images through e-mail. The magazine’s Facebook page has become a popular spot to share images as well. Some of these photos can be published through the Finger Lakes Scrapbook department in the print edition, and online at lifeinthefingerlakes.com or at facebook.com/lifeinthefingerlakesmagazine.”

– Mark Stash, editor

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Grand Prize
“Hailstorm at the Bluffs”
Chimney Bluffs State Park, located on the eastern shore of Sodus Bay in Wolcott, offers breathtaking landscapes and trails for nature lovers.
Elaine Taft • Rochester

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Color

First Place
“Teasel Winter”
The dried flower head of a prickly plant in East Bloomfield is the subject of this award-winning photo.
Benjamin J. Slomovic • Bloomfield

Second Place
“The Beekeeper”
Near Bristol Mountain, a novice beekeeper tends to her hives.
Joseph R. Duba • Canandaigua

Third Place
“Rochester Twilight”
This photo was taken from Gateway Park in the city.
Larry Heins • Caledonia

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Black & White

First Place
“Cold and Crispy in Romulus”
Matthew McDonald • Romulus

Second Place
“Twin Reflection”
“The calm of winter is pictured at a favorite spot of mine on Seneca Lake.”
Julia DeFrank • Riverton, New Jersey

Third Place
“Rush Hour”
This photograph captured just a fraction of the thousands of snow geese in flight over Canandaigua Lake in March, 2014.
Mike Sargent • Farmington

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Digitally Altered

First Place
“Sunflower Field in Pittsford”
Scott Hooker • Livonia

Second Place
“Early Morning Sun”
“I drive by this field on Brewer Road in Waterloo every morning on my way to the office, but this morning was exceptional. The fog, sun and newly baled field worked out great. It is a high dynamic range (HDR) image made up of three exposures.”
Kevin Colton • Seneca Falls

Third Place
“Centerway Black and White”
A high dynamic range view of Centerway Square in Corning.
Brian Maloney • Corning

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Honorable Mention

“Highway to Nowhere”
On the bluff at Keuka Lake – color
Howard LeVant • Rochester

“Seneca Lake Grape Vines” – color
Elizabeth Becraft • Dallas, Georgia

“Rest”
Taken at Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca. Selenium toning was added during this photo’s conversion to black and white. – digitally altered
Chris Walters • Corning

“Weathered Log in Taughannock Gorge” – black and white
Jerry Bachman • Endicott

“Ellis Hollow Birdhouse”
The image was captured in the Town of Dryden using a yellow filter. – digitally altered
Rachel Dickinson • Freeville

“X Marks the Spot”
At the train yard across the street from Seneca Lake State Park in Geneva – black and white
Caitlyn Huebner • Media, Pennsylvania