A pair of local photos won prizes in the Champlain Area Trails Photo and Caption Contest.
People’s Choice winners were Chris Putnam’s photo of Black Point Beach in Ticonderoga and Barbara Beebe-Brassard’s photo of the Moriah town hall.
Putnam said his photo illustrates the area’s peace and tranquility that helped him decide that “this was home.”
Beebe-Brassard said her photo shows how “living in the town of Moriah one is exposed to amazing architecture on a daily basis.”
Chris Maron, executive director for CATS, announced the winners recently at the beginning of a trail project to create a trail connecting Wadhams to Whallonsburg.
Maron showed the winning pictures, read parts of the captions, and congratulated winners in the contest’s three categories. First place prizes, chosen by Dr. Paul Martin Lester, California State University professor of communications, were awarded $150. People’s Choice winners, chosen by online voting, won $100.
In the Trails category, Bethany Teitelbaum, who lives in Cranbury, N.J., and vacations in Essex, hiked up the Gilligan Mountain Trail with her husband to see the views of the Dix Range. Sitting on the rocky outcrop, they played, “Name that Peak” and took the first place picture.
Kari Zurlo, of Ausable Forks, enjoyed hiking 48 trails last spring and summer. The day she took the picture that won People’s Choice, her family explored Rattlesnake Mountain in Willsboro. All were excited for the hike except her daughter who heard “rattlesnake” and did not want to go. They held hands all the way to the summit where Kari photographed her daughter enjoying the view and taking pride in overcoming her fear.
Cynthia Stacey submitted her husband Randy’s photo titled, “Painted Heavens” taken at NYDEC’s Split Rock Wild Forest of a spot of sun piercing the dense forest which looked like a painting of the heavens.” They live in Gainesville, Fla., and she spent summers at her grandmother’s camp in Ferrisburgh where Split Rock her constant view. Forty years later she took her husband there and captured a “moment of incomparable peace and beauty.”
Stuart Hutchins of Westport, won the People’s Choice award in the scenic category with “Champlain Sunrise” taken from the boat launch just as the sun came over the Green Mountains. An orange halo in the sky illuminates a pink and purple Lake Champlain with a lone duck swimming in the foreground.
Katherine Clark, who lived in Westport for two years, won first prize in the Towns and Villages category for the photo of her friend, Marie, walking in front of the mural by the Westport-Chazy Phone Company.
CATS held the photo contest, along with the previous travel writing contests with the purpose of promoting economic vitality through outdoor recreation based tourism.
“People research vacation destinations online, so as they look into visiting the northeast, we want them to see articles and pictures about New York’s Champlain Valley and get inspired to come here, enjoy the outdoors, patronize local businesses, and tell others about this beautiful area,” Maron said. “We thank all those who entered the contest and thank the J.C. Kellogg Foundation for underwriting this contest.”
The winning and runners-up photos can be seen at www.champlainareatrails.com.