The 14th Annual Photography Contest

Grand Prize “February Morning in Lima” Scott Hooker • Livonia

To say that this has been a banner year for photo submissions would be an understatement. I believe that 2015 has had the most photographers submitting the highest number of photos since the contest was started in 2002, with over 1,800 photographs entered. And it’s difficult to imagine, but the quality of photographs just keeps improving with each year, and this year is no exception.

For the first time ever, the winning photographs will appear in the magazine app as well, along with a level of photographs we’ve never published before. The “Staff Picks” are a set of photos that didn’t make it into the winner’s circle, but they still deserve recognition by being published in the Life in the Finger Lakes magazine app. Click here to download the app to your smart phone and tablet.

Enjoy the photos and keep taking those pictures. You never know when that special one could be a winner!



First Place

“Canandaigua Lake Fall Sunrise”
Adirondack chairs line the shore at The Inn on the Lake.

Annette C. Averitt • Norfolk, Virginia







Second Place

“Preparing to Head South”
Taken in Elmira, these two monarch butterflies rest before their long journey.

Steve Edgerly • Elmira





Third Place

“Snow Angel”
Irondequoit Bay, Lake Ontario

Mandy Applin • Pittsford









First Place

“The Old 765”

Chris Walters • Corning






Second Place

Letchworth State Park’s upper falls were almost completely frozen over. Taken with a Nikon D800 f/8, 2 second exposure.

Paul Lossowski • Rochester




Third Place

“Region of the Eye”

Madison Chalfant • Horseheads













First Place

“Erie Canal Stroll in Pittsford”

Joann K. Long • Bloomfield






Second Place

“Horseshoe Bend at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca”

Joshua Snow • Elmira







Third Place

This image was taken while walking along the Erie Canal in Pittsford. When I uploaded this image to my computer I had quite the surprise to see how well it actually turned out. ”

Chad Burton • Rushville





“Apple Blossoms at Genesee Country Village
& Museum in Mumford”
– color

Gene Bavis • Walworth






“An Early Morning on Seneca Lake”

Taken along Route 14 in Geneva, across from Hobart and William Smith Colleges  – color

Sam Malone • Marion



“Sweet Float”
Taken while in Canandaigua Lake facing Kershaw Park and Bathhouse using a Nikon D700.

– black and white

Cindy Alves • Canandaigua




“Kisses at the Concert”

Photo was captured on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca
– black and white

Corinne Morton • Ithaca





“42 Chevy”

On the hill approaching the channel between Lamoka and Waneta Lakes sits this old car. I can’t help but grin whenever I drive by as a nearby sign simply states “Nice Car. Needs tires and seat covers.” – digitally altered

Rick Cornell • Cary, North Carolina



“Letchworth Sunrise” – digitally altered

Charles Vaughn • Spencerport






Life in the Finger Lakes magazine’s 2nd Annual Children’s Photo Contest!
Up to 16 years old  •  Click here for info  •  Entry deadline Jan. 15, 2016

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